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"Brave" April,2014
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I have exstensive data/doccumentation on this amazing bear cub!

Me & Brave
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Dawn L. Brown Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. 
I am a Maine Black Bear rehabilitator  &  Bear behavioral researcher.  
I am blessed,and thankful to my Lord,and savior for guiding me cautiously through this life. I am  living  my dream! I care for young cubs,and older cubs extensively , and I continue to observe their daily lives as they develop in  my 5 acre natural habitat/landscape = My facilities  has without a doubt helped me to better understand bear behavioral patterns ,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 rehabilitation,behavior,and development adaptions. I am thankful for owning one of the largest bear rehabilitation facilities in the Country!  I keep an eye on them on a daily basis! I gather natural food during this process,  and I water daily too - for when the vernal pools are empty ; I  check the fenceline daily,and the list goes on. I am proud to say that me, and my husband built it = we did all the construction for the most part, and do all the upkeep with my beautiful dream come true bear facility, that is built on my/our private property = I do not want anyone ever misinterpreting things,and thinking that State /or any Government  built it /or owns the land/or runs the facility by any means = I personally like as limited Government as possible! Just as our founders carefully, and always intended it to be! If government keeps growing and becomes more powerful and progressive,and tries to regulate everything, and everyone , they will have lost their purpose. I look forward to doing more presentations,and I absolutely love being asked questions! I do not have a college degree, nor am I a biologist, but I certainly have the knowledge, and then some to educate. I am greatly a self taught individual/life long experiance ,and an out of the box thinker for sure = I say what I mean, and mean what I say = No guessing. 
 
My email: dawnlindabrown@earthlink.net    Home Phone:207-778-2902     Cell Phone  207.578.0616
 

If anyone 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.
 
 MDIFW Warden
 Dispatch Centers:
 
 (Gray 1-800-228-0857) ( Augusta 1-800-452-4664) ( Orono 1-800-432-7381) ( Houlton 1-800-924-2261) ( Dover-Foxcroft  1-800-432-7372)

 No longer a 501c3;I have not been filing my taxes as one for a while.

I really need to get things straightened out - I may need to talk with the Secretary of state to try and get some issues resolved. 

 

"MAINE BEAR CUB RESCUE"

From what I gathered all bears/cubs,yearlings..In Maine ; that are in need of rehabilitation and observation will go to me;because my care, and the data I collect with cub development ,and yearlings Is second to none = I have it recorded/backed up ,and I  too have one of the largest bear facilities in the Country!   

Because of Persistence, experience, trial and error, and most of all determination. I now am blessed to have one of the largest private bear Rehabilitation facilities In The Country! Me & my husband were never guided.We built it on my/our land.

Check out the bear cub & yearling development & behavior I have documented/witnessed :o)

FB CORRISPONDENCE BETWEEN ME AND THE BANGOR DAILY NEWS.

EMAIL CORRISPONDENCE IN REFERENCE TO BANGOR DAILY NEWS : I SENT TO RANDY CROSS & JEN VASHON

I SENT MOHF A PERSONAL CHECK CERTIFIED 2-11-16 UPDATE: I HAD TO RESEND THE CHECK BECAUSE I HAD AN OLD MOHF ADDRESS.I RESENT IT 2-25-16 AND IT WAS RECEIVED ,SIGHNED

I want to be clear! I do not want any government monies State and /or Federal ( I paid back the grant monies I had received in 2006)

 

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Bear cub Survivor only weighed 2 lbs on arrival
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3-27-13(3 cubs arrived,weights=1 female 2lbs,1 male2-1/2 lbs 1female 2-1/2 lbs.Cubs are doing great!

I TOOK THIS PHOTO ON APRIL 9,2006
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YOUNG BEAR CUB SKILLS IN MY NATURAL HABITAT FACILITY

data plan for collars 32030 32031 ($102.60)
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2016 cost /my Corporate annual report ($60.00)

I Paid $4,700.00 for my 2 new collars + data plan
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from my SCW,Inc. checking account/Check#631

SCW,Inc.Dawn L.Brown New Sharon,Maine 207-778-2902
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Download link 4/DL4GPS $450.00 Freight $38.00
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Toatal cost = $488.00 paid: 1-29-16

I just purchased: Download link 4/DL4 GPS for my collars

8-17-15 I purchesed/paid $4,700.00 for (2) new satellite Collars + data plan .. (I now have a total of (4) collars.

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New Battery cost
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put on my citi card 12-16-15 Then paid with my SCW,Inc checking dated 1-28-16

Batteries & freight cost

My (2) NEW BATTERIES & (2) NEW COLLARS + Shipment :o)

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I look forward to ordering more Satellite collars
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INVOICE FOR MY 1st TWO COLLARS

(11- 3-14 I have paid for/Purchased new batteries: for my 2 LOTEC satellite collars $820.00) (And again on: 1-29-16 I purchased 2 new batteries/replacement batteries $820.00)  2015 UPDATE: "Brave"  & "Survivor"  have my 2 satellite collars ,and  Freedom has a radio/vhf collar. I hope that the collar is going to stay on her with no problems/issues - I will discuss this with biologist,and go from there...UPDATE: I did discuss,and they padded her collar out more keeping it secured. (UPDATE: Very sad news My Brave passed away - Biologist said it seems as though another bear had potentially killed her - I have a difficult time even thinking about it, and find it hard to believe - I miss my "Brave" so much!  She was an amazing bear.) (Survivor seems to be doing well and has settled - for den season Is now upon us - Survivor was in real good condition den check 2016 ,but she sadly had to have my sat collar removed ;because she was in native territory/passamaquoddy, and the biologist remove collars when bears may stray outside of study areas.) I CONTINUE TO PAY ALL ACCRUING COST + DATA PLAN FOR MY (4) SATELLITE,GPS,VHF COLLAR COMBINATION.      
 
UPDATE :
I Purchased LOTEK Global Star Data Plan - 3-10-15 - $104.29 - I paid with my credit card - and then paid with my SCW,Inc. Checking account.

I Purchased LOTEK Global Star Data Plan - 5-27-15 - $110.41 - I paid with my credit card - I  then paid with my SCW,Inc. checking account once I receieve my statement.

UPDATE: I received a quote and I will be purchasing 2 more satellite collars :o) :o)

New Fence Charger - works great!
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$402.93

I purchased an OMAX telescope valued at :1,400.00
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Brave guard hairs and her wooly undercoat in some photos

I purchased an OMAX telescope valued at :1,400.00
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Brave guard hairs

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I purchased an OMAX telescope valued at :1,400.00
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For $362.00

Paid with my personal account
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My new micrscope - It will be very good to have for a variety of reasons..:o)

I used hematoxin dye - Brave guard hairs
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The micrope will help me ID parrasites + it will be good for hair/fur samples,skin tissue,blood...

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 (I do video and monitor behavioral patterns and document data -Take Note:  this does not effect my bears behavior at all)  I DO NOT RUN  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 .In  2014 some earnings: $4,000 total ,Total thus far: 2015 $1,300 = That is the only earnings I have ever made in 18+ years = most all of the donations go strictly to the bears, and have too gone to other rehabilitated animals; that I have had In my care,Monies are donated into my SCW, Inc. account and those funds go directly to: material/product cost,  supplement food, immediate care supplements, worming, antibiotics, office supplies,satellite collars,cameras..(I will only be rehabilitating  bears now, and will no longer rehabilitate other species!) I pretty much Run Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. on my land - my husband will certainly concur with that statement - Not a Special Interest group. Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. Is not run or operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, nor guided by them, or for that matter anyone else - Don't get me wrong - I have gained knowledge in reference to biology and what biologist do, and appreciate their knowledge ,but it works both ways they should appreciate what I know = me and my husband built my bear facility not really guided at all by them in reference to it , and I rehabilitate and observe behavioral patterns . I veer away from newspapers /media - because most  seem to be very bias - when it comes to partiality to government departments ,and unions...  Not all, but many!  Everyone out there would be wise to understand that concept! I do not care for some media/Maine news papers,and they are well aware of that. I have had a couple articles done that were pretty darn accurate = one that had allowed me to proof read - a private newspaper, and another one that had obviously taken the time to read my web site and was cautious before printing.             


Psalms 8 :11 For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it. 

ANYONE WHOM WANTS TO STAY UPDATED WITH  ANY NEWS /SOCIAL MEDIA  - GO  DIRECT TO THE SOURCE - VISIT MY WEBSITE ,AND FB PAGE.          

Against odds - I am living my dream of caring for bears and observing them -  I knew that bears could be fenced in, and I could have a facility as close to their natural habitat as possible,and we have the land = Mine  and my husbands - I am blessed to have the land for the bears. I did look around at the construction of other facilities; that may have been similar, and did discuss things,but I had noticed that the one  with a natural habitat - did not have a barrier - it just had strands of electric;that was Ben Kilham In NH,and The maine wildlife park-had a smaller facility with a pretty open area with few trees/if any,at that time + I  had experainec with red deer in the past/ we fenced in with deer fencing - it is very simular to what my bear pen is now - except 6 strands of elaectric has been added.I knew by purchasing deer fencing + the electric - it would be a win ,win situation,but the learning continues..I also had thought about monitor cams way back when ,and had purchased some with my own monies back in 2005/06. If anyone wants real information In reference to SCW,Inc., and has a questions;well than go to the source = Call me  /or email me/or go to my fb site, website,and ask me to do a presentation.. I never want to be run by any Government entity nor union/or special Interest group,or anyone else! And if they ever think they guide me ;they are sadly mistaken ,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 are doing the very best they can to manage Game Species,and non-game. Randy Cross & his crew, and other bear biologist do a great job with preparing my bears just prior to release/or when needed = they 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 and observed that are placed with vhf/radio telemetry collars; that  are now living In the wild; he keeps me informed on how my bears are faring In the wild in reference to den checks,Spring traping.. 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, at my facility,and I also post a great deal of this data on my SCW,Inc.  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 my facilities, I appreciate all that he does, and we sure work hard trying to keep my pens up to par, and I feel very blessed to have one of the best bear rehabilitation research facilities In the country; being second to none!  I do pressentations talking about what I do - I strongly prefer others not speak for me -  I clearly can speak for myself! To learn more about My Maine bears - View my website, and youtube videos,and  get to get the latest news & updates go to my fb site. Thanks, Dawn L. Brown President & executive director, Primary caretaker,bear observer and educator...I run Second Chance Wildlife, Inc.

2016 UPDATE: "SURVIVOR" SAT COLLAR WAS REMOVED WINTER 2016 - SHE WAS IN TRIBAL LANDS AND  MY BEAUTIFUL BRAVE HAD ANOTHER SAT COLLAR - SHE SADLY IS GONE NOW - SPRUCE BEAR/SURVIVORS SIBLING SISTER  - FREQUENCY /OR RADIO VHF ISSUES - SHE WASN'T FOUND) I UNDERSTAND GLITCHES CAN SOMETIME SHAPPEN ,BUT IT HAS BEEN A BIT DISCOURAGING.ANY DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN ME AND CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WITH THE DEPT/MDIFW I HOPE WILL GET SOMEWHAT RESOLVED IN REFERENCE TO CERTAIN ISSUES ,COLLARS... THOUGH COMMUNICATION AT TIMES HAS SOME GLITCHES - WE TRY TO WORK IT OUT.

I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH LOTEK AND HAVE GAINED  RESPONSES FROM THEM - COMMUNICATION AT TIMES IN THE PAST HAD BEEN DIFFICULT.   I DONT LIKE IT WHEN ANYONE TRIES TO MANIPULATE ME = GOVERNMENT ? /OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. I HAVE NOW PURCHASED  (2) MORE ADDITIONAL SATELLITE COLLARS + DATA PLAN , AND IT WENT VERY SMOOTHLY GETTING IT DONE THIS TIME/CORRISPONDING DIRECTLY THROUGH LOTEK.  PRIOR:  I, HAD WENT THROUGH THE DEPT/MDIFW,AND I THINK IT ONLY ADDED ISSUES. SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO RELEASE SOME OF MY BEARS RIGHT HERE, AND TRACK THEM - RIGHT OUT BACK - ON MY LAND AND BEYOND - UDATE: I RELEASED MY LIBERTY MAY 14,2016 :o)

 I/WE LIVE IN CENTRAL MAINE = I/We = Me & my Husband own land in New Sharon,Rome,Mercer. My/our Home Is In New Sharon - where my bear facility is.        

Brave & Freedom in a beautiful den they prepared
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11-13-14 photo taken I was able to get 1 monitor cam hooked,but still need to get it live streaming

Bears 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 March 2014:I am happy to say that communication is starting to resolve some prior issues,and it looks as though they will be resolved -The 2 Lotec collars have new batteries,and if need be in the future , they need to be refurbished..I will pay that cost. I would like to purchase 2/or 3 new satellite collars from another Co.and I am in the process of getting these cost figures and corresponding with lead bear biologist,and I will directly communicate with the distributor and go from there.All honesty;I never thought it would be so difficult just wanting to pay for something-Don't figure..maybe it depends on who you are? Now that I have finally gotten some  feedback-It Is time to move forward. I have purchase/paid for product my credit card ,and then my : Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. account.I will soon be in the process of getting 2 more satellite collars,and have contacted  LOTEK  those whom I have communicated with have responded promptly - in which I appreciate - I am much better off going direct through them rather than trying to go through the MDIFW 1st. an dhave them communicate with them .  I really do prefer private donations; because I do not care very much for: Money donations /or grants; that have  ties with the tangled web; being connected to Government agencies  /Unions/Special Interest/or The Washington establishment for that matter = The Machine, and the corruption that goes along with it! No matter what side of the progressive spectrum. I will have nothing to do with them .

SCW, Inc. Is not a government  /nor Union run organization, nor a special interest group. Update: I had tried in the past  to go directly through another distributor/Vectronics - In reference to potentially purchasing more satellite/gps collars; I had not received any response as of yet, from the Vectronics Co. ;that being after having had, emailed them on: March 27,2014,and again on: 4-13-2014.It Is now July 20,2014 . It indeed has been a waste of my time trying- it has been way to much of a run around with no answers = very frustrating to say the least.I have not had very good luck at all when it comes to simply wanting to get sat collars for my bears - don't figure?? I had prior issues with LOTEK too ,but I am happy to say now - that is no longer the case.      

2014 UPDATE=NEW NEWS ABOUT: SURVIVOR ,FOREST & SPRUCE: 

Well ; I sure have some news about my tough little bears: Survivor,Forest & Spruce-They escaped from the den box! I am not really very surprised,but I do like the box for keeping them together..It sounds as though they are doing just fine,...and I am really happy with their behavioral reaction with the the bear crew..I am sure that they will den up together ;that being the most probable scenario at this time of torpor. I received an email from: Biologist Jen Vashon, and this Is what she had emailed me a bit ago March 2014 : By the way, we were in the process of searching for a missing radiocollared bear , and it turned out it was denned not far from the den box of three of your orphans. They had left the den box and were near the side of a plowed logging road. When we approached they all climb the same tree, two going to the very top and one staying about mid-way. Made for a more interesting day and it was nice to see them all together. I like those den box releases---seems like they are more likely to stay together.

 

My 1st bear 1997
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Brave guard hairs + her wooly coat in some photos
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The micrope will help me ID parrasites + it will be good for hair/fur samples,skin tissue,blood...

Brave & Freedom Mid October 2014
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Photos... :o)

2014: I purchased: New cams,dvr,RECORDER,Monitor..
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I will periodically have live stream running online = not all the time.

Me In My Glory:o)
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1-8-13 Biologist eartagged,weighed,measured 5 of the yearlings.

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I purchased these monitor cams personal monies
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Ice the bear "2006"

LUBEC WAS RELEASED TO THE WILD 10-16-09
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HE WAS 9 MONTHS OLD WHEN RELEASED,AND HE DID WELL.

My rehabilitated Bears that I observe are eventially released back into the wild "can, and have done  well" and live their lives just as other bears in the wild within their territory.Rehabilitated bears have shown great capabilities, and have exceeded in displaying their instinctive skill, and  have intertwined back to where their beginning had started"In The Wild.
 
 
 

Maine Biologist
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2015 Den Summary

2014 Den Summary

Update More Soon
THIS IS A LIST OF THE MDIFW BEAR DEN SUMMARY REPORTS:

2007 Bear Den Summary

2008 Bear Den Summary

2009 Bear Den Summary

2010 Bear Den Summary

2011 Bear Den Summary

2012 Bear Den Summary

 

2016: I have done several pressentaions at Maine Libraries in 2016, and I really look forward to doing more! I absolutely love talking about bears!  

2015: I have done (2) presentations thus far : Maine Audubon,and The Newport cultural center, and I will be doing another one In September - Rangeley  Lakes region Library. As always I, absolutely love talking about bears, and education the general public,and look forward to doing more presentations.   

2014 presentations scheduled thus far: 

May 15,2014: I will be doing a presentation at a scout pack meeting. It is taking place at Grace Bible Church in Guilfered ME - doughty hill road. I would like to thank Game Warden Jeremy Kemp for asking me to speak about bears. (Update:  I had a great time talking about bears,and being asked questions) 

June 2014:I have a presentation scheduled for "Home Schoolers of Maine" http://www.homeschoolersofmaine.org/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=articles.view&id=15195 they are having a big event In June 2014 at: Sunday River. I would like to thank Raylene Hunt  for asking me to speak about bears.

7-3-14 :I will be doing a presentation again at: BRAC/Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. I would like to thank Robyn Nolan LegGand for asking me to speak about bears. 

 

  

2013:I did 6 presentations , and looking forward to doing more In 2014.

2012:I have done 5 presentations;I appreciate all those who ask me to speak about bears...:o)
2011: I have given  slide show presentations at: Mount Blue State Park,and for the Girl Scouts in New Sharon.In 2012, I did presentation for CREA/Cathance River Education Alliance, and for the MBA/Maine BowHuntwers Association,Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance,The Farmington Rotary,Black Bear Society,and at some Maine libraries throughout the State,and others;I will try to schedule more with time permitted. For anyone who is interested in learning more about  about bear rehabilitation,bear behavior ,and the importance of bear conservation.    

I am really looking forward to talking about bear rehabilitation and their behavior. I will do presentations for anyone whom wants to learn more about bear cubs, yearlings, and I am not bias, and try to be open minded to ; although I have my own political and other views-this should not influence, nor have anything to do with me wanting to do presentations=I strictly talk about bears and my experience ,the work process, and the accomplishments' am able to gain insight into the daily lives of cubs and yearlings ;the bears have indeed taught, and inspired me over the years and will continue : I am sure.. I truly believe education should be taught by those whom have knowledge, insight, and life long experience, and I consider myself very capable! I look forward to doing more presentations In the future, and appreciate all those whom have asked me to speak about bear cub rehabilitation/care, development and behavior....©Second Chance Wildlife, Inc.   Is Not A Special Interest Group.

Dawn L. Brown: President & executive director, primary caretaker..Bear Rehabilitation & Behavioral Research..

Hoem Phone: 207-778-2902    Cell:  207.578.0616

Email: dawnlindabrown@earthlink.net

 

 

 

I have to bottle feed young cubs
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2012 photo:Cubs are weaned from the bottle;anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks.

The Bear Facts:

To all Individuals,you have the choice to take precautions to prevent a potential dangerous situation or not-You decide;because it is ultimately your decision-Freedom of choice,and face the consequences! Campers, hikers ,and those whom live in bear territory - please do not feed the bears! Eliminate  food attractants because they will otherwise draw bears in - It will only hurt them in the long run in most cases. No one should leave garbage, birdseed, or even mulch/compost with food by products outside, clean your grills, get rid of any garbage, and get rid of any attractants! A bear will travel long and hard for the smells of food when natural food is not abundant /or they have become habituated , and certainly then could end up in your yard, or a campground. If a bear approaches you : The wise thing to do is: NOT RUN! Black bears can run up-to 35 miles per hr. NOTE: running only triggers a chase, and predation kicks in. If a bear is so close that it is visibly showing aggressive behavior - carry mace when in bear territory /or a firearm,but only use as a last resort. You can make noise ,but I have noticed that bears can actually get aggravated by sound  when close encountered situtaion - I am not keen at making loud noises with what I do = my preference and experience with bear behavior - I have witnessed 1st hand that loud noise isn't always a good thing to do.  If bears bluff, it is simply wise knowing how bears behave with other bears = observation /repetitive patterns = understanding their reactions will and  can indeed educate humans  understanding them. I  witnessing  certain patterns with bear development ,and though cubs and yearlings in most situations - it has still helped me see/witness  different behavioral patterns , thus not allowing me to  jump to conclusions/or guess. I have witnessed bears turning their head sideways and down slowly ;that means they are nervous. They may walk back and forth and even urinate + yawn,drool,shake - all nervous behaviors - they will do it with one another when I have quite a few bears , they may swat the ground /bluff - the list goes on, and on...Sometimes just mimicking  a bear "that being obviously only some instances" slowly turning your head down and being submissive turn and the bear will then turn and walk away -  an option for  diminishing a situation = I repeat never run. Bears in most cases will walk away - it seems hard to believe ,but true. If bears do not feel threatened /or cornered, and are just passing through your area where you live - let them simply move on and pass through - odds are you are in the woods and just in bear territory,but if they see structure ;they will odds are only show up one /or 2 times and then dispurse to th eouter perimiter and not disturb you again - unless you have attractents bringing them in to begin with  - slowly go inside -  before they get close, and I repeat DO NOT RUN - something that can  enhance a potential situation. Making noise has worked in some situations i.e., it works well for hikers that are in bear territory thus spooking bears that may be in the area - not being in an encounter situation to begin with - simply a preventive for a bear in the woods - I personaly veer away form noise in my situation/rehabilitaion observation. I focus on silence, and not disturbing bears , and have  found it bennificial for my situation and theirs - bears behaving normal in a natural environment . If in a unnormal situtaion, and a bear was to lunge at you, and you have to defend  yourself -  knock it down , have mace /or a firearm - fight back!  If a bear is put in their place they will often be submissive. I belive Black Bears goal is to not cause problems 99% of the time ; I truly believe this after having seen them develop properly on  a daily basis. Though not often ,but sadly, and unfortunately confrontations with people and bears can,and have  happened and sadly will continue ; because people often do not think logically/or are simply not educated  , and are not prepared = they do not understand bear traits , patterns,instincts. Often people fear what they do not understand. The media does not help this situation/they turn them into monsters = if a bear kills someone - the world knows, and they turn all bears at that point into dangerous killers - this is bad for people, and bears, and is not factual, and aggravates me to no end! I am not saying bears cant be dangerous in some situtaion ,but maybe educating the public Rather then scarring them to death would be wiser cosidering there has not been a bear human death on record in Maine. Bears with one another in most cases have short pecking orders but it often doesn't last long, and is resolved quickly,and no damage is done;though in some instances bears can and will kill other bears - it is not overall very common - population being congested may cause  bears being territorial  /or bear differences /genetics may even sadly ,and  naturally cause a potential problem. Male bears can kill cubs ,and females can be protective over their cubs,and missplaced bears may be pushed around on occassion . If you are a human, and are unfortunately put in  a situation/close encounter with a bear - Do whatever is necessary to keep a bear away if you must ,but more importantly prevent the situation from happening in the 1st place. Eliminate attractants that made them appear In the first place, veer away from real close encounters =  know what to do in bear territory = be preparred/understand them - the chances are slim of ever having an encounter in the 1st place with a bear = they usually go in the opposite direction you are in,but you can certainly be precautioned, and prepared if it makes you feel more comfortable. Again you make the choice - if you attract a bear ,and they think they can come back - and then all of a sudden have been accustomed to you feeding them ,and then you decide to take the source away - there may be conflicts = you should have never started the situation to begin with. I have noticed that though I may supplement bears when rehabbing them ,and observing them Take Note: I being experienced and knowledgeable at what I do - NOTE: I  try very hard to keep their diet natural , and when I am able to do so - I notice that they no longer look at me as a food source at all - it triggers something in their mind to behave naturally rather than looking at me as a food source = they behave as if I wasn't even there. Bears are opportunist, and they may come back for food sources - that people sadly - had made the mistake of attracting  them in. By eliminating the source, you can prevent a potential encounter. Odds are bears will return unless you take precautions to prevent a potential encounter in the first place -Yes, I reat myself . Sometimes there are some bears that just have a tough animality no matter what you do - they may have come from a different situation;they could have been injured /or pushed around by other bears/or negative human interactions such as someone shooting at them sows cubs when in a bird feeder - injuring/aggravating the bear to take off - thus creating a problem = a bear with a potential attitude. Though it wasn't initially the bears creating the  problem for the encounter. Other circumstances with bear behavior : possibly could be genetic, dispersement issues = yearlings finding their way, sub-adults fitting in. Some orphans may become tough because they didn't have their mom sow and become gritty/defensive, but I notice keeping cubs in need of rehabilitation on the bottle for 14/16 weeks , and nurturing them during early stages of development - thus weaning them a bit later actually seems to help them develop properly. Note: Some bears are very docile gentle; whereas others bears may be abit more aggressive naturally - there is usually a matriarch /or patriarch  in many instances - it is just their individual makeup - most bears are normal and fine either way, and some simply have different animalities as people do.  If you have an encounter with a bear "even when you try to do everything right" They are an extremely intelligent mammal, and when there #'s are over their carrying capacity - more bears are going to be seen, and they may become more territorial - potentially aggressive . It does not mean you panic! Bears have different behaviors as i tried describing - You need to simply understand them rather than freaking out,and simply take precautions if even necessary. Everyone out there just do the best you can! and try  to prevent close encounters with this incredible species. They are typically solitude and harmless .When food sources are abundant - Bears have been know to be very tolerant toward each other for when the natural food sources such as the berry crop , nut crops are in abundance, and doing well - bears forage on several food sources though i.e., larvae,roots,green-up, forbes, and the list goes on; they will also  kill  fawns ,and moose calves if they can ,but they can be kinda clumsy taking on that task in some cases - not all . Good habitat keeps bears out of trouble =  bears  tolerate other bears when foraging foods are in an abundance - condensed food sources may bring bears in close encounters with one another and tolerances if there is enough -  bears otherwise are known to be solitude , outside of sows with cubs ,and or early sibling units.bears can be territorial. As habitat disappears - more bears will be seen as well , and we need to learn to live with them, and at the same time prevent them from becoming a nuisance = understanding them is  a good start. Keeping healthy stable bear populations = keeping bears in tact involves: Wildlife management, conservation efforts, private land owners ,hunters and non hunters alike knowing what is in bears best interest overall .The bear harvest each year is monitored by biologist thus making it visible = carrying capacity within bear territory/habitat = what is in the best interest for the bears,and the people of Maine. An Overpopulated bear population is not good, and low bear population Is not good either; having an understanding gives us all a perspective for what is truly in the best interest for the bears ,and the people of Maine.
As Individuals we will all continuously learn.What I do and what biologist,and I do are 2 different things = I focus on individual bears during the rehabilitation process and thereafter, and they focus on #'s/bear population, den checks /birthrates,hunting statistics, how many bears within an area.habitat - in most cases that is their job description - managing bear #'s population is 1st on their agnda - so as to regulate hunting harvest - Pittman Robertson act /federal excise tax pays greatly toward this effort,as well as hunting licenses. Time gives so many answers to so many questions. Bears need their space! The bears that I rehabilitate, and observe  do not add to the overall population.Take Note:The knowledge,and insight into bear cub behavior development is gained through  the rehabilitation process. Bears leave so much to the imagination,and this will be a journey for the  bears and I.None of us ever stop learning from one another. NOTE THOUGH : WHAT I DO AND HAVE LEARNED HAS BEEN FROM DOCUMENTING WHAT I WITNESS FROM THE BEARS  = THEY ARE WHAT HAS INDEED EDUCATED ME - IN REFERENCE TO THEIR DAILY LIVES, AND DEVELOPMENT,AND INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS THAT I WITNESS FIRST HAD  - I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR!  "Don't ever underestimate the bear, and don't ever underestimate the individual - TIME GIVES ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS  -Dawn L. Brown