Event Series Green Mountain Club

The Social Black Bear: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human

Chadler Center for the Arts 71 N Main St, Randolph, VT, United States

Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators. […]