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Second Chance Wildlife Inc.Bear Rehabilitation, Research & Release.
Visit this link: Me & My Husband working on my beautiful bear facility.Over the years we have done all the construction ,and Maintenance outside of 1 day - that volunteers had kindly helped, but I have to say - we kind of take pride in doing the work ourselves. All upkeep is done by us too.
(NOT A CENTER)
Yes "A Private facility" = I/we own land, and my/our home is in New Sharon Maine too = I Dawn L. Brown & My husband Michael R. Brown reside/own property. All monies come out of our personal earnings.
I am blessed to have 5 acres of land fenced in for the bears - that I rehab, and observe on my private property , and I look forward to us fencing in more!
(Not Run /Or Operated By The Government,nor guided by them,and never will be)
(Not a union Member)(Not a special interest group)(I do not want government monies /nor special interest monies) (I prefer private donations with no strings attached)I like to think that in reference to MDIFW biologist - We have an understanding of one another,and I want to make it clear - that they do not run me /or make decisions for me - I like to believe - that we learn from one another. What I do, and what they do, are two completely different things = I rehabilitate bear cubs,yearlings + I document their development and behavioral repetitive patterns , foraging techniques.. I too document torpor behavioral patterns - for when I have the opportunity to do so. Some of the bears - I have had - are placed with satellite collars - so I can watch them - as well as the dept/MDIFW and a few others - It would be nice to have the public be able to view them too,but there is just a bit of concern with that (I Now Have (4) satellite collars/I just purchased/paid for 2 new ones + data plan) ,and MDIFW now has 8 satellite collars) (MDIFW keeps track of bear #'s for the most part and too tracks individual bears with satellite as well as I and others whom have that opportunity + MDIFW does den checks + spring trapping - keeping track of reproduction,health..) (Where as I keep track of individual bears in my natural habitat facility - I care for them + observe, and document everything that I am able to witness) MDIFW keeps bear (#s)stable and in tact = wildlife management - that being something - that is absolutely critical and necessary ( whereas the orphaned and/or injured bears that I receive - do not really add to the overall population at all = they already existed within it,but it is the humanitarian thing to do,and + has given me insight into the daily lives of cubs, and yearlings + I have shared my insight with the public through social media - that being my fb page,you-tube Chanel + I like to do presentations. Maine has between 29,000/31,000 bears = the # of bears that I receive is near nil.
Take Note: I do not interfere with MDIFW management of bears - nor do I think it is my place to tell them how bears should be manged,and what tools - for that is not my expertise , and they have 40 years of experience with doing so. They need to not ever interfere with the work - that I do with bears - for it is not their expertise - It is mine,and I now have years of experience. We have had a few glitches from time to time, and they know and understand exactly why that is , and all I can say - Is that we simply have to create some sort of an understanding of one another . I will always openly say what I mean = I hide pretty much nothing! It may get me into trouble on occasion,but I am pretty darn honest and fearless too,and I expect the same from others. Many of the biologist , Wardens, and the public - are well aware of my opinions,but it is not just opinions - it is indeed based on backed up facts - that I have gathered, and all I ask from others - is that you live your life and let me live mine. When it comes to bears - that are in my care and observation on my land - I am confident with my knowledge and what I do,and I would appreciate it - if bureaucracy,special interest...Would simply leave me alone, and let me do what I do best.
I,Dawn L. Brown have been a Maine licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1997: My knowledge and insight has come from time! Over the past 18 + YEARS: of caring for wildlife - observation , and I gotta say - not only of wildlife species ,but it seems as though people too! I continue this /life long experience - MY KNOWLEDGE DID NOT COME - INITIALLY - FROM MY TESTING - TO GAIN A LICENCE THAT BEING : My wildlife rehabilitation permit/Bear rehabilitation Research & release;that was acquired through: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
Maine bear Rehabilitation Facility = I/Dawn L. Brown am the Founder, President & Executive Director, and Primary Caretaker,and I Run Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. PRIVATE FACILITY + IT IS ON : MY LAND & MYHUSBAND + I/We = Me & My Husband Pay : The Mortgage + Insurance = The Name schedule on the morgage + home / property Ins. Is Paid by:
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
(New Sharon property : My/Our Home & Property + Ins. + taxes does come out of my/our mortgage payments.
Name schedule - Paid by:
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
Utilities /Electric - All Cost is paid by Us - with my/our personal checking account monnies.Paid by - Name schedule on our personal checking account Is:
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
State & Federal tax returns - I Dawn Linda Brown am the primary = The name schedule on my/our Tax forms :
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
Update : The State of Maine has corrected things very quickly after my most recent phone conversation with them - in which I said please record me. Let me be clear ; I should have never had to - have gone through - so many hoops! Prior ; I had to call The State of Maine , and I had asked an individual why the State did not have my name 1st on our State tax return/payment due - Even though the return was sent to them / filed that way with my name 1st this year , and several years prior! In the past My husbands name was 1st on the name schedule at one time with our State & Federal tax returns ,but we changed it for reasons = I/we had past issues with CPA's, and Lawyers,... from the past. I/we have had new accountants for a while now. To make a long story short - after I had spoke with someone with : The State of Maine - Just recently This November, 2015 = after I, spoke with her - any conferment is now getting straightened out ! - I clearly explained things,and backed everything up! I am also communicating with my accountant ,and pretty much said I don't care if all my/our tax filings were out there, along with all my email correspondences, and fb messages behind the scenes. If one more person says I understand your frustration to me - well let me be clear to them ; I don't want to hear it anymore!,and I want things resolved real soon. I don't get it - It seems as though people like me - whom ask questions, and are very honest , visible,and 100% accountable, and just want to make sure everything is as it should be - I am the one that people get upset with - doesn't figure at all! I would rather be unpopular, and ask questions,and not be silenced - than to be popular, and ask none , and be passive. I am not here to be popular - I am here to do what is right.Those whom do not like to answer - it will not be my problem in the end.
NOTE: My husband Michael understands completely why I think the way I do,and he truly understands exactly why I get frustrated.Listen everyone ; this has nothing to do with me thinking I deserve more than my husband /or anything else for that matter. It has to to with justice, and what is right, and let me be clear ;that my husband knows me more than anyone - that being outside of God and my Savior Jesus Christ.So for everyone else out there whom thinks they can speak for me/or make decisions on my part - let me be clear to you all - No you cant! To all those whom do not answer questions; that I have asked - that being without getting the run around/or never really getting an answer at all -Well those of you whom do so - you are pretty much a waste of my time,and add stress to my life. Forgive me if I sound curt,and may god forgive me for getting a bit upset. Take Note: I pray for my friends and my foes ,and sadly some have put me in the possition I am - for thinking the way I do.
The reasoning I put this information out there - Is to set the record straight - for anyone out there whom may be confused (I/We own our home & private land,and pay taxes,and other cost with our personal monies)
I /Dawn L. Brown feel very blessed having the opportunity to observe and document Bear cub development & behavior over the years, and to have/own 5 acres of natural habitat that is fenced in thus far for "my bears" Yes I call them my bears. I will continue to learn ,as well as others who are inspired by this amazing species. I absolutely love talking about bears and being asked questions.
My Email Is: firstname.lastname@example.org & My Home Phone 207.778.7902 Cell 207.578.0616
(I will no longer be rehabilitating other species.My time and effort will be strictly focused on rehabilitating bear cubs,and yearlings and documenting their behavior and development while in my care on my property,and too working on my facilities /building and maintenance/upkeep.I spend time updating my fb site,website/ educational outreach + I will do presentations for anyone whom wants to learn about bears - In regard to what I do (I will also sell my photos,calendars /products to raise some monies for my bears through PayPal ,and at presentations that I do.Take Note : I pay out of pocket = my personal monies for most all the cost to print products/cards,calendars , envelopes..) I keep track of all paperwork...
NOTE: Last year In 2014 Is the 1st year; that I ever paid myself anything = my monies /my work/my earnings , and a great deal of that - even ends up going to the/my bears (Total: 2014 ~4000) ( Total thus far: 2015 ~1300)
I too will eventually be paying my husband Michael for the work he does in reference to helping me build my additional bear facilities NOTE: I had not paid Myself,or him for any of the construction,maintenance work done in past years . Not only did I/we build my bear facilities = physical work,upkeep.. (I too keep track of everything to do with any monies/cost ,expenditures.. In which I clearly will always list!)
click here to play video ( hopefully you are able to view video - I have computer glitches at times ) I went onto this site;where my organization is listed ,and I tried to comment - very odd it wasnt working - even though I certainly typed correct code
NOTE : DONORS . I DO NOT WANT ANY GOVERNMENT DONATIONS = I PREFER PRIVATE DONORS ,AND ALL DONATIONS THUS FAR FROM PAST GRANTS /OR PRIVATE - NEITHER SHALL HAVE ANY CONTROLL OVER WHAT I DO /OR WHAT I/WE OWN AND NEVER WILL = THIS MY HOME LAND AND MY HUSBANDS. TAKE NOTE: The physical work done + all maintenance - has nothing to do with the grant monies at all/or any other monies. They didn't build it! They do not own the land ,they do not pay any upkeep cost. I prefer donations for now on - going completely, and specifically towards me educating the public about bears , immediate care supplements.., satellite collars - for my bears that are released back to the wild, and for paying myself ,and yes my husband for the physical work that we do in reference to my bear Rehabilitation research facilities, and the education I do i.e., I spend a great deal of time with caring for bears,monitoring their development ,behavioral patterns = It isn't all about just my facilities , I educate the public - if they want to be. I keep all the books,...I gather natural food, and help with the construction ,and upkeep of my facilities,and any additional construction ,and maintenance. My husband helps me with the construction too ,and upkeep of my bear facilities, and I certainly regard him, he too will help me on occasion with gathering natural food, but he knows ;that I kind of take pride in doing that = I am the primary gatherer for the most part . I wish people would understand me better ,and I often get tired of repeating myself. Some do understand me out there, and know why I react the way I do - there is always a reason! As I said before - I could care less if all my communications were exposed.
2015 NEW ARRIVALS :1-22-15 "BLIZZARD"
A FEMALE YEARLING WEIGHING 16 LBS.ARRIVED;NOT ONLY WAS SHE UNDERWEIGHT-SHE TOO HAD PORCUPINE QUILLS NEAR HER LEFT EYE -
I TOOK HER TO THE VET 2X'S,AND SHE IS FAIRING WELL- I HAVE BEEN GIVING HER TERRAMYCIN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING - SHE HAS RECOVERED
COMPLETELY,AND I HAVE BEEN SUPPLEMENTING HER WITH IMMEDIATE CARE SUPPLIES,HER ALONG WITH ANOTHER SMALL YEARLING ;THAT I RECEIVED
ON: 1-30-15 NAMED "STORM" A FEMALE YEARLING ONLY WEIGHING 12 LBS. THESE BEARS WERE UNDER WEIGHT AND IN NEED OF
IMMEDIATE CARE; I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT BOTH OF THEM ARE DOING VERY WELL :o) I HAVE MORE POSTED ON MY FB PAGE ABOUT THE RESCUE...
2015 NEW ARRIVALS :1-22-15 "BLIZZARD" A FEMALE YEARLING WEIGHING 16 LBS.ARRIVED;NOT ONLY WAS SHE UNDERWEIGHT-SHE TOO HAD PORCUPINE QUILLS NEAR HER LEFT EYE - I TOOK HER TO THE VET 2X'S,AND SHE IS FAIRING WELL- I HAVE BEEN GIVING HER TERRAMYCIN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING - SHE HAS RECOVERED COMPLETELY,AND I HAVE BEEN SUPPLEMENTING HER WITH IMMEDIATE CARE SUPPLIES,HER ALONG WITH ANOTHER SMALL YEARLING ;THAT I RECEIVED ON: 1-30-15 NAMED "STORM" A FEMALE YEARLING ONLY WEIGHING 12 LBS. THESE BEARS WERE UNDER WEIGHT AND IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE CARE; I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT BOTH OF THEM ARE DOING VERY WELL :o) I HAVE MORE POSTED ON MY FB PAGE ABOUT THE RESCUE...
ASSESSING THE SUCCESSFUL REINTRODUCTION OF REHABILITATED BEARS $5,836.00 Check issued 1-28-11/ monies are generated from lottery tickets, and nothing is taken from the general fund=no tax dollars from the people, but none the less it was a State check / Outdoor Heritage Fund awarded $5,826/2 satellite collars To: SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE, INC. DAWN L. BROWN I appreciated the grant. Take Note Though: I will no longer accept any grant monies - because sometimes to many influences get involved. Most of the monies by far; that I have received thus far in donations-has now come from private donors, and that is exactly what I want = No Ties to government/State and or/ federal, unions , or special interest-funding/monies. I sent the IRS a certified letter on August 29,2014,and they received it on :9-2-14 I have not gained a response yet = months have gone by. I am In hope that they will comply/or should I say; that Indeed would be a wise decision on their part.
I will do slide show presentations for those who would like to learn more about bears; I hope to educate others so that they will better understand the truths,and the myths about bears.If libraries, Parks, Conservation Groups, Home Schooling groups, Public Schools, Universities, Private Schools, Charter Schools, Schools of Faith, Churches, The Scouts, and any others whom are interested In learning about bear cub rehabilitation, development, and behavior, and bear conservation; I will gladly try to schedule a time frame that works. I do work for a living but I will do the best I can.
(5) UNDERWEIGHT BEAR CUBS ARRIVED;Were tagged,weighed,measured on 1-8-13;They all gained weight-3 are very chub cubs,and 2 smaller but gaining..:o)
(10-31-12 (1) male cub weighing 11½ lbs) (11-1-12 (1) male cub weighing 12 lbs) (11-19-12 (1) female cub weighing 16lbs)(11-21-12 (1) moose calf/cow underweight)(11-25-12 (1) male bear cub weighing 14 lbs) (12-21-12 (1)Female bear cub weighing 16lbs
I am very happy to say that they seem to be doing well! One day at a time...I will update more Information soon...
2012 Total = (14 bear cubs (2) were soft released,and (2) that are almost yearlings are denning out in the woods/wild,(5) are in the smaller bear pen,and arrived late,and another one just arrived December 21st;they were underweight and needed care.(5 bears are in the den box sleeping torpor) (2013(4) cubs arrived and surrogate sows were found for the cubs.I will only rehabilitate,and observe bears now.I will no longer rehabilitate cervids .Update:10-24-13 The deer have been released for over 2 months, they have been seen from time to time , and do not seem to skittish at all (1) In particular ,but on a good note; they have been able to survive thus far out here on the Mtn. = I have seen them over 2 miles away out in the woods. ,and too they will show up in our yard under the apple trees, and out in the yard where we have imperial white tail clover growing - some other folks have seen the deer ,but the deer have not caused any issues as of yet; I tell folks to just ignore them, and they will eventually disperse. They seem to making a circle and using patterns/trails that are used by wild deer, and I a can only hope; that they will hook up, and stay with the wild deer, once yarding takes place, later in the season-I do not know what there fate will be, and I can only hope that they will make it through deer season, and stay out of trouble-I prefer to not put them back captivity ;because I believe it not necessary and would not be fare to the deer-It Is out my hands now- I rehabilitated these deer as a favor; having the area, and they were bottle fed and raised by others during the early stages of development, but take note I certainly am not putting blame on anyone; because rehabilitation is not easy, and it is not a complete failure-for there are coyotes and bears around here and amazingly; they have been able to survive=they must be able to sense something/or another.
My focus Is with bears, and that is all I will be rehabilitating, and I am starting to gain very positive results=they are often collard once released to the wild, and long term data is gathered ;thus enabling me to evaluate my rehabilitation methods, and if they are successful. It Is Time that has given me answers to these questions.
5 acres now fenced In.My Bear rehabilitation/temporary sanctuary for bears.This facility gives bears an opportunity to just be bears; while also preparing them to return to the wild ! Having a chance to monitor bear behavior has been rewarding -the learning never ends.
I have seen some of my data on another site on the web;being used without my permission.I advise other sites to delete it /or ask my permission -Dawn L. Brown (I have been able to resolve this issue,after several correspondences= they did remove my data from their site,and I certainly appreciate them indeed making the correct decision ) photos,and Data, I have gathered over time, that is posted on my website, youtube channel,and fb page, and also data I gather from my live streaming/monitor - Is not to be used without my permission © Dawn L. Brown
No one can take credits for my data-It Is against the law.
BEAR CUB CARE: © Dawn L. Brown
The cubs in my beautiful three acre pen,now have 2 more acres = 5 acres:o) I must say that all the cubs I have observed over the years have had many abilities at a very young age; I document everything I witness . The cubs were climbing trees, walking in the snow, and swimming, at a bit over three months of age,and ironically Ice & Frosty from 2006 once placed in an environment with trees & water had seemed to have development a bit faster physically with their skills; to swim,and climb trees, compared to even bear cubs that I have received at:4-5 months of age, that had been orphaned after had been out of their den with their mother sow=bear cubs in the wild may not disburse from their den In the Northern parts of the State; as late as the later part of April,and even into early May.though Ice & Frosty were attached/dependant to me, from having been raised from neonates,they too were exposed to the natural elements at an earlier age, thus proving they indeed have great skills/natural instinks in place when exposed to a natural Invironment.The biggest Task with neonates, for me has indeed been trying to figure out how to have them be instinctively wild mentally , not just physically= I noticed that by exposing the cubs to the wild elements at a very young age that they have unbelievable capabilities,and natural instincts in place! I too noticed that from having them from a neonatal stage, and having had to bottle feed every 2-4 hrs, in the beginning of their development; my presence made them feel secure and safe, but as far as them learning skills once they were exposed to the natural habitat enclosure; I was then more of an observer than a teacher. The cubs did not need me to teach them how to swim, climb trees, or forage. Were the cubs a bit scared when they were 50-60 feet up in a tree ? Yes! But they got down on their own without any help, and soon had no fear what-so-ever. As cubs I exposed them to a variety of natural foods. I ground acorns and hazelnuts, berries, larvae, and greens and mixed it in their formula. Not sure if this helped them to forage or not. I believe it would come naturally to them. Update: I know now over the years of experience that it Is pure instinctive behavior! I continue to learn from this incredible species. In the wild, when cubs are with mother sow the biggest thing she does is protect and teach them to be cautious. A huge part of survival! In rehabilitation, cubs are not experiencing the same "dangers" that they would while in the wild with mother. Their innate survival skills are developed within the large natural enclosure. I have seen the cubs get startled and go way up in a tree (this is great human avoidance behavior). Some cubs are better at this than others. All have unique "animalities".Over time I will learn the most beneficial time to release bears (i.e., cubs or yearlings during active season or den season) Bears at Second ChanceWildlife, Inc. is to be reckoned for having one of the best natural habitat; bear rehabilitation facilities in the Country ,and the # goal is to have bears be returned to the wild,just being bears,and living their lives similar to other bears within the population:o)
Cubs like Lubec that had been with the mother sow for a period of time i.e.,4+ months;he had held onto very wild traits/instincts, making an earlier release very promising for him (late summer? ,but fall/autumn release worked well)