Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2003 - Nature - 304 pages
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In the spring of 1993, Benjamin Kilham, a naturalist who lives in the woodlands of New Hampshire, began raising a pair of orphaned wild black bears. The experience changed his life.

While spending thousands of hours with the cubs, Kilham discovered unknown facets of bear behavior that have radically revised our understanding of animal behavior. Now widely recognized for his contributions to wildlife science, Kilham reveals that bears are altruistic and cooperate with unrelated, even unknown individuals, while our closer relatives, the supposedly more highly evolved chimps, cooperate only within troops of recognizable members. Beyond the natural history, he introduces individual bears who become enthralling and memorable characters.
 

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This is not just a shaggy bear story: when Kilham raises two orphaned cubs, he discovers that bears, unlike our close relatives, the mean-spirited chimps, help individuals they don't know. ... Read full review

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Contents

The First Cubs
1
The First Walks
10
The Beginnings of an Education
15
Delicacies van Gogh and a Dark Cloud
27
Impossible Lessons and the Fabric of Learning
34
Summertime and the Living Is Easy
39
Natures Bounty and a Long Walk Home
48
Mysteries Gunfire and the Escape Artist
58
Between the Bears
133
The Triplets Arrive
138
Public Notice
166
The Triplets Grow Up
169
Squirty Stays Close
189
Squirty Has Cubs
197
The Moose Mountain Cubs
207
Squirtys Dynasty Begins
211

Bear Hunters and LateNight Dining
67
Slowing Down
74
To Den Finally
81
Time to Think
87
A New Year in March
91
A Very Difficult Month
104
Moving On
119
Confrontation and Resolution
214
Bears in the Backyard
226
What Is It About a Bear?
246
Epilogue
275
Acknowledgments
277
Index
279
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Benjamin Kilham is a woodsman and naturalist who over the past twenty-five years has discovered and then field-tested a new, exciting wildlife biology. Ed Gray is a naturalist writer and founder of Gray's Sporting Journal. They both live in Lyme, New Hampshire.

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