Bear Behavior

Ben Kilham

July 14, 2022  7pm

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Renowned wildlife biologist, Ben Kilham, returns to our Park to talk about his firsthand experience studying black bear behavior. For more than 25 years Ben has been raising and rehabbing orphaned, injured and abandoned cubs with the goal of reintroducing them to the wild. He has successfully accomplished this with over 300 bear cubs from the KIlham Bear Center in Lyme, NH.

Careful observation, study and close interaction with black bears has resulted in Ben’s amassing a knowledge of this unique creature and its behavior that is perhaps without parallel.  For example, Ben’s discovery that the black bear demonstrates  a social behavior called  “altruistic reciprocity”  was groundbreaking. Ben found that black bears exhibit a cooperation with both kin and strangers by sharing food resources within their habitat.  In a winter where beech nuts are plentiful in one location of the bear’s territory and acorns are not, bears from the oak forest are allowed to partake of beech nuts in the adjoining territory. In a subsequent winter, when acorns are abundant, the situation may be reversed. It might be argued that the only other creatures that exhibit this behavior are humans. Ben’s presentation and his photos, as always, are sure to educate and fascinate.

Ben Kilham Bio: PhD. Environmental Sciences, Drexel University, 2015 B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of New Hampshire, 1974.  Author of: Among the Bears, Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild  & Out on a Limb, and What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition.

This event is made possible by a generous donation from the Beliveau family in memory of Joe Beliveau.