With spring comes a rise in the number of black bear sightings in Connecticut.
This hour, we learn about a bear’s lifestyle and biology with author and scientist Dr. Benjamin Kilham.
Dr. Kilham has been a surrogate mother to dozens of orphan black bears in New England and will tell us what his experiences have taught him about the animals and humans alike.
We also get some history on black bears in our state and find out how much their population has grown over the years.
Later, we discuss a controversial bill that would make it legal to hunt black bears in Connecticut.
Have you encountered a black bear on your property? Maybe rummaging through a bird feeder or sniffing out scraps of food?
- Dr. Benjamin Kilham - Wildlife biologist, author of In the Company of Bears: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition
- Paul Rego - Wildlife biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Rick Jacobson - Wildlife Director at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- Annie Hornish - Connecticut Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.