1. Benjamin Kilham Phd.

Independent Wildlife Biologist

P.O. Box 37

Lyme, New Hampshire 03768

(603) 795-4135



Wife:Debra A. Kilham


Phd. Environmental Sciences

Drexel University, 2015

B.S., Wildlife Biology

University of New Hampshire, 1974


Colorado School of Trades, 1976

Special Student

Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1992

Employment History:


Kilham & Company, Lyme, NH – 1982 to Present

Custom gunsmithing and product design – U.S. Patent for safety design.

Engineering consulting

Tree Farm Certification – Maple Syrup Producer

Independent Wildlife Biologist - Licensed by State of New Hampshire as a Wildlife Rehabilitator, with special license to conduct research on black bears.  Also hold Federal license to rehabilitate birds - U.S. Patent for jabstick to dart wild animals.

Product Engineer

Colt Firearms, West Hartford, CT, 1980-1982


Paul Jaeger, Inc., Jenkintown, PA, 1978-1980


Austin Behler Pistolsmith

Union, New Jersey, 1977


Abercrombie & Fitch/Griffin & Howe

New York, NY, 1976

Public Service:

Lyme Planning Board – 1991-2003, Chairman 1992-2003

Lyme Budget Committee – 1989-2001

Trout Pond Management Committee – 1999-2003

As an Educator:

Author – “Among the Bears, Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild, published by Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY, March, 2002

Independent cinematographer –-

        “A Man Among Bears” National Geographic Channel ,             “Papa Bear”, Discovery Channel -“Bear Man”, National Geographic Television, Explorer,

Other films and shows on my work with bears:-“Home Waters”, produced by BBC/WGBH TV, 1994-Coast to Coast”, produced by CBS, July, 1997-New Hampshire Crossroads”, produced by N.H. Public TV, November, 1997-Goodwill Hunting”, produced by NBC Dateline, April 3,1998-Mother Bear Man”, produced by National Geographic Television, Explorer, April 5, 1998-Bear Man”, produced by National Geographic Television, Explorer, November 26, 2000-NBC Today Show, November, 2002-Papa Bear”, Discovery Channel, December, 2004

    “Ultimate Bear” National Geograpic Television 2006

        “A Man Among Bears” National Geographic Channel 2008

       Good Morning America ABC

        The Today Show NBC

        ABC Nightly News

         Bill O Rielly FOX

        Inside Edition

        All in March 2008  

Lecturer – Over 600 lectures on black bear behavior to schools and other organizations throughout New Hampshire and New England  More than 60,000 people have attended.

Articles written on my work with bears:-Boston Globe, Sunday Magazine, March 31, 1996-National Geographic Magazine, On Screen, February, 1999-Field and Stream Magazine, March, 1999-National Geographic Magazine, March, 2002-People, July 22, 2002

Articles written by me:-“Understanding Backyard Bears”, N.H. Audubon, Jan/Feb, 2000-“Bears, The Master Gatherers”, Tree Farmer Magazine, Sept/Oct 2001