Rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned, abandoned, and injured black bear cubs:

  • Provide a temporary safe haven for cubs in a protected environment that mimics their natural habitat.
  • Nurture, nourish and provide direct rehabilitative care to young and highly vulnerable cubs.
  • Enhance our knowledge about black bear behavior through observation and monitoring.
  • Educate the public about how to coexist with black bears.
  • Provide an opportunity to the scientific and academic community for research.
  • Apply what we have learned to promote bear conservation worldwide.

Ben has given numerous lectures to elementary school children throughout New Hampshire in an effort to inspire young students to learn about the importance of black bear conservation.

The Center has also provided interns from the University of New Hampshire the opportunity to conduct hands on work with the trapping and monitoring of wild black bears.  In addition, graduate students from Dartmouth College were able to conduct a study on black bear bipedalism.


Ben gives his lecture, “The Social Behavior of Black Bears”, to the general public and other organizations when requested throughout the year.  You can learn more about Ben’s lectures at

Can we come visit the cubs at the Center?

The Center is not open to the public.   The cubs have to go back to the wild and our license from the State of New Hampshire does not allow the public to visit. 

How long do bears live?

They can live up to 40 years.

How old is Squirty?

As of 2022, Squirty is 26 years old and has had 11 litters of cubs in the wild.