|Bear cub Survivor only weighed 2 lbs on arrival
|3-27-13(3 cubs arrived,weights=1 female 2lbs,1 male2-1/2 lbs 1female 2-1/2 lbs.Cubs are doing great!
Check out the bear cub & yearling development & behavior while in rehabilitation:o)
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|Me In My Glory:o)
|1-8-13 Biologist eartagged,weighed,measured 5 of the yearlings.
|LUBEC WAS RELEASED TO THE WILD 10-16-09
|HE WAS 9 MONTHS OLD WHEN RELEASED,AND HE DID WELL.
I feel very blessed having an
opportunity to care for ,and observe bears daily lives in a natural habitat/landscape,it has
without a doubt helped me to better understand their behavior,and how they adapt and react to different
situations. I hope to continue doing this for many more years; I keep documentation on
everything that I am able to witness with bear cub, and yearling behavior,and development.I do not have a college degree,
nor am I a biologist. I am greatly self taught,and an out of the box thinker for sure.. I
say what I mean, and mean what I say=No guessing...
|7-4-10 BUR Cub has a story...visit Home page.
|He went into the 3 acre pen 7-18-10,and was eventially collared and released.
Take Note:The amount of bears that are in need of rehabilitation, and returned to
the wild; will not have any substantial effect on the overall population (there is anywhere from: 29,000 to 31,000 bears
in Maine as stands to date) The behavioral research that I continue to gather on rehabilitated bears is significant
data, and further data Is gathered by biologist when the bears I rehab are living In the wild with other bears In
the study= data gathered at that time frame = Bear movements by radio telemetry /vhf collars are pinpointed by
pilots and then biologist track from land, and during their Winter den study they check bears overall health, ear
tag, tattoo, check weights , reproduction/sow with cubs, yearlings... they focus on #'s, and are
able to see if there are any variances from year to year-keeping things In check, and too are able to see if bears
are displaying human avoidance behavior...It is all important, and Is good to know if the bears that I rehab
may be exhibiting similar attributes, as other bears In the wild when checked during the den season, and
if caught during the Spring trapping season by biologist during their MDIFW study. Some bears even get satellite collars
,and their movements are able to be viewed right on the computer-It Is pretty cool..I check the 2 sat. collars often ,
and I am sure the biologist check on them often too. I recently downloaded DELORM Topo USA map; so that I can
pinpoint the distances between the 2 rehabilitated bears living In the wild (Milk-dud & Beechnut have these collars)
Biologist will be den checking these particular bear along with the other collared bears this Winter ; I
hope that through educating the public of this process; I will affect others in reference to how they may think about "the
bear rehabilitation process" and better understand my role as a bear rehabilitator, and too understand the role
of biologist. Time gives answers and my #1 focus Is to gain insight and to know whether or not my rehabilitation
method is working; from gathering behavioral patterns while in captivity ,and biologist gathering the data; that they
collect during their Winter den study, and Spring trapping study. It is important to take
into account other variances that can effect all bears including rehabilitated bears once placed within the population,and
how natural food sources may vary within that particular habitat,and how other natural , and non natural effects that take
place can effect bears in general;they may have to adjust,and
indeed adapt within the variances that nature and other circumstances hands them. Take Note:
through the rehabilitation process bears in the wild that are rescued are just being given a second chance ;because there
#'s are not of substance, thus should not effect bear conservation = If a bear cub and /or yearling is in need of help, and
care; the humane thing to do is to rescue the bear cubs/bears, and give them a 2nd chance, and still gain insight to
what is working and what is not long term, and I sure feel blessed having one of the largest bear natural habitat facilities
In the Country=The bears have taught me much and will continue :o)
Bears that are released back into the wild "can do well" and live their lives just as the wild bear population
that exist within their toratory's.Rehabilitated bears have shown great capabilities, and have intertwined back to where their beginning
had started"In The Wild.
that I have cared for, and observed Will eventually be released back to the wild, The bears this year will be Winter
Den released ; I did discuss this prior with biologist Randy Cross. In most cases the bears will be monitored by
Him & The MDIFW bear study while living In the Wild. Working together, and having an understanding Is of good ; I
have always communicated with biologist In reference to bears, but lately I am having a very difficult time getting
a response In particular with the lead bear biologist? I have been trying to get some satellite information.. I have
no Idea why they have not responded? I am always upfront and honest, and I always have been, and they know that!
I have absolutely nothing to hide. lately there Is a disconnect, and I don't seem to be getting any answers to particular
questions? Update: In the process of trying to resolve this issue, and trying to think positive :o)
Second Chance Wildlife,Inc. Is not open to the general public!
There are few whom have permission to be on the premises; and even then it is within guidelines! I keep even my presence to
a minimum once the cubs are weaned. WE ARE NOT A CENTER! Purposes so as to keep the bears as wild,
and as undisturbed as possible! PEOPLE WHO TRESPASS WITHOUT PERMISSION AND DO NOT REGARD THE NO TRESPASSING SIGNS SHOULD KNOW
BETTER! and odds are they are on monitor camera recordings. Please give me a call if you would like to learn more about bears;
I will do slide show presentations for those who are interested, I love talking about bears, but I will have to schedule.
Time & effort has been 100% Volunteer since 1997 and continues to be = No wages/or benefits = All donations go strictly
to the bears, and to other animals that have been In my care, facilities, upkeep, supplement food, immediate care supplements,
worming, antibiotics, office supplies..( I will only be rehabilitating bears now, and will no longer rehabilitate
other species!)I run Second Chance Wildlife Inc. and It Is not a special Interest group. Second Chance Wildlife Inc.is
not run or operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, nor are we guided by them, nor Is It a program,
and I really do not care to much at all for most Maine News Papers/Main Stream Media.(“
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed. ”
THIS IS A GOOD QUOTE BY--MARK TWAIN) If anyone wants real information In reference to SCWI, and has a questions;well
than go to the source = Call me /or email me/or go to my fb site, website.. I never want to be run by any Government
entity nor union/or special Interest group! But Take Note: I sure do like to think that I ,and The MDIFW biologist
have learned from one another; I look at Individuals involved with working with bears and other species, and doing
the very best they can. Randy Cross & his crew, and other bear biologist do a great job with preparing the bears just
prior to release/or when needed = ear tag ,weigh, measure collar.., and then they monitor the bears once they are released
to the wild; being In most cases within the 3 bear study areas. I have a good volunteer working relationship, and I try
to communicate with biologist Randy Cross In reference to gathering any data from the bears that I had
rehabilitated with vhf/radio telemetry collars; that are now living In the wild; he keeps me informed on how the
bears are faring In the wild, and I will send him and others on occasion some data/information that I have gathered during
the rehabilitation process = I rehabilitate bear cubs, and monitor bear development, and document behavior while bears are
In my care, and I also post a great deal of this data on my SCWI fb site. I absolutely love talking about bears
and doing presentations or interviews with time permitted. I am very consistent, extremely meticulous, and at times I do not
know why it is so difficult to get my point across to others.. My husband Michael helps me much with the upkeep of the facilities,
I appreciate all that he does, and we sure work hard trying to keep the pens up to par, and I feel very blessed to have
one of the best bear rehabilitation facilities In the country; being second to none! We have a new board member Rick
Libbey, and he Is a professional photographer and has taken some photos of the bears, and 20% of the proceeds from the sales
of his photos goes directly to SCWI-every bit helps. I correspond with Rick on occasion, and he has been
helpful raising some donations, and I much appreciated his effort. To learn more about bears view my website,
face book page & youtube videos to get the latest news & updates.. Thanks, Dawn L. Brown President & executive
director, Primary caretaker...
Update More Soon
THIS IS A LIST OF THE MDIFW BEAR DEN
2007 Bear Den Summary
2008 Bear Den Summary
2009 Bear Den Summary
2010 Bear Den Summary
2011 Bear Den Summary
2012 Bear Den Summary
was to come across an orphaned or injured bear please contact your local Maine Game Warden,and /or Biologist..They
will asses the situation, and hopefully call me if a bear ,and/or cub/cubs are in need of care: Second
Chance Wildlife, Inc. Bear rehabilitation,research & release.