Second Chance Wildlife Inc.Bear Rehabilitation, Research & Release.


The Bear Facts

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!

My 1st bear 1997

Check out the bear cub & yearling development & behavior while in rehabilitation:o)


I have to bottle feed young cubs (age-8 weeks)
2012 photo:Cubs are weaned from the bottle;anywhere from 12 to 15 weeks.

I feel very blessed running Second Chance Wildlife Inc. I have an opportunity to care for ,and observe bears daily lives in my 5 acre  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 am thankful for having the Land,and having one of the largest bear rehabilitation facilities in the Country; That me and my husband built for the most part, and do all the upkeep with my beautiful dream come true facility, that is built on our private property=I do not want anyone misinterpreting things,and thinking that the State/ or Government built it /or owns the land/or runs the facility. 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. 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... 
Email: phone:207-778-2902

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


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 checked the 2 sat. collars often , and I am sure the biologist checked on them often too. I recently downloaded DELORM Topo USA  map; so that I could pinpoint the distances between the 2 rehabilitated bears living In the wild (Milk-dud & Beechnut had these collars Update: These 2 bears were den checked by biologist,and other past bears ; I have had in rehab,and all thus far are in great condition-Milkdud,and beechnut sat collars were removed,and will eventially go on other bears that I rehabilitate..)
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 know whether or not  my rehabilitation method is working; from observing the bear cub,and /or yearlings and gathering behavioral patterns while they are in captivity ,and biologist gathering 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 my 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 that 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;the bears cubs,and yearlings that are rescued, are simply 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)     

Rehabilitated Bears that are released back into the wild "can do well" and live their lives just as tother bears in the wild within their toratory's.Rehabilitated bears have shown great capabilities, and have intertwined back to where their beginning had started"In The Wild.

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 will be getting new batteries,and if need be, they will be refurbished..and too ;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 though it would be so difficult just wanting to pay for something-Don't figure..Now that I have finally gotten some  feedback-It Is time to move forward. I Will purchase/pay for product immediately with my: Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. account, once everything is ready to order.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 /Unions/or the Washington establishment. No matter what side of the spectrum. SCW,Inc. Is not a government/nor Union run organization,nor a special interest group.Update:I have been trying to go directly through another distributor-In reference to-potentially  purchasing more satellite/gps collars; I have not received any response as of yet, from the Co.;that being after having had, emailed them on: March 27,2014.   



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.




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 AND 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 I have made = $2,000 total = That is the only earnings I have ever made in 17 years=most all of the donations go strictly to the bears, and have to gone to other rehabilitated animals that 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..( 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 not run or operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, nor guided by them, or for that matter anyone else ,not 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 SCW,Inc., 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,or anyone else! 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 and have  vhf/radio telemetry collars; that  are now living In the wild; he keeps me informed on how my 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, 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 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/products goes directly to SCW,Inc. every bit helps.. I too am trying to sell some picks of my own; that I have taken, and 100% proceeds will go to the bears.To learn more about My Maine bears view my website, face book page & youtube videos,and  get the latest news & updates.. Thanks, Dawn L. Brown President & executive director, Primary caretaker,bear observer...


2014 Update : I have filed-The 2013 990N e-postcard,and  I will be making some changes within the bylaws= I will be working on this process,and will be contacting the IRS with a written letter format- descibing the changes,and my sugestion to the: IRS-Is that they will comply, and follow through with my request.

2014 annual report file

Maine Biologist

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2007 Bear Den Summary

2008 Bear Den Summary

2009 Bear Den Summary

2010 Bear Den Summary

2011 Bear Den Summary

2012 Bear Den Summary

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.

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2014 presentations scheduled thus far:


June 2014:I have a presentation shedulled for "Home Schoolers of Maine" they are having a big event In June 2014 at: Sunday River.I was kindly asked to do a presentation a while back. I am really looking forward to talking about bear rehabilitation and their behavior:o) 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 all;though I have my own polital 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 experiance ,the work process,and the accoplishments;I 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.. Phone: 207-778-2902

7-3-14 :I will be doing apresentaiion at:BRAC/Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance 

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 hope you will email or give me a call. Thanks, Dawn phone 778.2902
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,and also folks who live near bear territory; please do not feed the bears! Bird-feeders will attract bears too! It will only hurt them in the long run.
  •               No one should leave garbage,bird-seed, or even mulch/compost with food by products outside.A bear will travel long and hard for the smells of food,and certainly could end up in your yard, or a campground.If a bear approaches you,make noise and whatever you have to do to spook them away,and iliminate the atttractents that made them appear In the first place;again you make the choice.Bears are opportunist, and they may come back for food sources,and by illiminating the source you can prevent a potential incounter.Odds are bears will return unless you take precautions to prevent a potential encounter in the first place.Sometimes some bears just have a tough animality no matter what you do "even when you try to do everything right" They are an extremely intelligent mammal,and when there #'s are over their carrying capacity-more bnears are going to be seen.
  • Everyone out there just do the best you can! and try  to prevent close encounters with this incredible species. They are typically solitude,except when food sources are abundant. Bears have been know to be very tolerant toward each other when the natural feed sources such as berry,and nut crops are in abundance and doing well;but otherwise bears are known to be solitude,and a bit territorial.As habitat disappears more bears will be seen,and we need to learn to live with them, and at the same time prevent them from becoming a nuisance.Keeping healthy stable bear populations = keeping bears in tact,and that involves: Wildlife management,and conservation efforts; which consist of hunting.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 Overpoulated 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.Time gives so many answers to so many questions.Bears need their space! The bears that I rehabilite do not add to the overall population.Take Note:The knowledge,and insight into bear cub behavior 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. "Don't ever underestimate the bear,and don't ever underestimate the individual -Dawn L. Brown