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Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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 hi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Holt Paperbacks (first published March 6th 2002)
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This was a very enjoyable book detailing what it would be like to raise orphan bear cubs for release into the wild. Before reading this book, I didn't realize that published research on the social structure of bears was lacking. The author did some groundbreaking work, I learned many new things, and it reminded me a little bit of Jane Goodall's early experience with chimpanzee research. If you're interested in bears, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, or social animal behavior, I would defin ...more
An older book pressed on me by a patron, I may review this and put it out as a "staff pick" thanks to the unassuming style and engaging, non-sentimentalized content. I'm not big on heartwarming animal stories, and the author's respect for the bears' own instincts and needs cuts a memorable contrast to so many of the popular works. Even though it was factual, it was engagingly told and held my enthusiasm and interest more than most of the fiction I've read recently. Highly recommended.
Nov 09, 2007 Shirley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to understand animals
This is an amazing story of a naturalist who raises orphan black bear cubs in a very unconventional way. His experiences are uplifting, heartbreaking and everything in between. You'll learn more about bears than you can imagine.
Sylvia Dolson
There aren't many books available on bear behaviour. If you are interested in a very accurate depiction of the true nature of black bears, you'll want to read this book.
Debi Gray
Loved this book. Anyone who loves wildlife will like this. It is very readable and interesting. This author actually came to our Library to talk too.
This guy teaches you that black bears are pretty tame and also teaches you that a human can raise black bears with success.
Jun 23, 2008 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katrina by: wildlife rehabbers, animal lovers
Awesome book. Bears amaze me! I want to meet this author. Since I already do wildlife rehab this has inspired me a lot...
This is a wonderful book! I learned so much about bears and enjoyed the story of this man and his interactions with the bears.
I love science/animal/stories and this one was very well done. Very informative, but told in an accessible way.
Excellent history of eastern black bears by a New Hampshire naturalist who raised two abandoned bear cubs.
I learned a lot of great black bear information from this book but as a whole it was kind of a snore.
Jace Stansbury
Excellent book about black bears.
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