Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host black bear expert Ben Kilham discussing Living with Bears on Sunday July 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Whitney Community Center.
Ben Kilham, owner of a bear rehabilitation center in Lyme, NH, took in four cubs from the “Jackson Five” family group last November after their mother was killed by a hunter. The cubs spent the winter hibernating in man-made den boxes and moved into an 8-acre fenced-in forest on the property when they woke up in April. After “learning to be a bear”, the four cubs were successfully released back into the wild in the northern part of the state last month.
During his talk, Ben will update us on the upbringing of the “Jackson Five” cubs and give us his personal insights what black bears have taught him about intelligence and intuition. Ben Kilham has been a bear rehabilitator for more than three decades. He takes in orphan cubs, raises them, releases them back into the wild (sometimes with radio-telemetry collars) and in the process learns as much as possible about their behavior. Ben lives with his wife Debra in Lyme, NH where he is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with a special permit to conduct research on black bears. As a bear educator, Ben has given over 450 lectures on black bear behavior throughout New England, and has been featured in numerous TV specials, magazines and newspaper articles.
For more information, please see www.benkilham.com
The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731