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phone : 207.778.2902 Cell 207.578.0616 Dawn L. Brown
Maine bear rehabilitator, and behavioral researcher Second
Chance Wildlife Inc. 90 Mountain Road New Sharon Maine 04955
My email is: email@example.com Home phone : 207.778.2902 Cell 207.578.0616
Dawn L. Brown
Maine bear rehabilitator, and behavioral researcher
Second Chance Wildlife Inc.
90 Mountain Road
New Sharon Maine 04955
(NOT A CENTER)"Private facility" I/we own land, and I now have 5 acres fenced in, and look forward to fencing in more!
(Not Run /Or Operated By The Government,nor guided by them)
(Not a union Member)(Not a special interest group)(I do not want government /or 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 experiance. We have had a few glitches from time to time, and they know and understand 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, and I continue this /life long experience - MY KNOWLEDGE DID NOT COME INITIALLY FROM MY TESTING TO GAIN A LICENCE (My wildlife rehabilitation permit/Bear rehabilitation Research & release) was acquired through: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
I/Dawn L. Brown am the Founder, President & Executive Director, and Primary Caretaker,and I Run Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. Private Facility on : My Land & My husbands. + I/We = Me & my husband pay The Mortgage + Insurance = Name schedule on the morgage + home / property Ins.
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
(New Sharon property : My/Our Home & Property + Ins. + taxes does come out of my/our morgage payments.
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
Utilities /Electric CMP - Bill Is sent to: Michael R. Brown - All Cost is paid by him & I - with our personal checking account = Name schedule on our personal checking account :
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
State & Federal tax returns - Name schedule:
Dawn L. Brown
Michael R. Brown
The reasoning I put this information out there - Is to set the record straight - for anyone out there whom may be confused..(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 5 acres of natural habitat 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 persoanl monies for most all the cost to print products/cards,calendars , envelopes..) I keep track of all paperwork...
NOTE: I will be paying myself a portion - FOR MY CAREER /THE WORK I DO WITH BEARS - FOR BEARS! 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,maintenence 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!)
Well everyone I Finally received a letter from the IRS 10+ months later - After I,Having sent them a letter August 29,2014. The letter States that regarding my/the Tax exempt status ;they have no record of it being recognized as an exempt status 501(a).Say what? the letter said if I would like to apply - to complete 1023? Yes ,I did that in the past..I also have copies of my 990-N files. I also had just noticed on the letter that The IRS had sent me ;That they did NOT get my EIN # correct ugh! I recently notified my accountant about this. Okay everyone - I had spoken with the IRS on the phone prior , and I certainly voiced my opinion of them,and I was not initially blaming the individual that I, was speaking to on the phone ,but I did say to her - that I find them interesting ...I am not a fan of the IRS to begin with,and I think I have made myself pretty clear about that,and NO I do not think everyone in the IRS is corrupt ,but I do believe a great deal Is! I sent my accountant the letter ;that I had received , and I am pretty much just taking one step at a time.The letter did contain some information - I had requested in reference to private organization,... I,had brought up that if I stay a public organization,that description would stay - only in reference to I, educating the general public about what I do: presentations + social media = my fb & website "bear rehabilitation and behavioral research,..., and too I noted ;that I am not open to the general public = This is my private land, and private facility = clearly for the bears benefit = not open to the public! I want to make it clear to everyone out there - that I am not a political correct believer , but take note: I am honest ,and anyone whom wants to question me about anything - please do so! I did say to the individual, whom I spoke to with /The IRS ;that I personally believe the IRS should be abolished - just my opinion/freedom of speech. I get tired of bureaucracy ,and I am pretty sure you are all very well aware of that.
I will say that this individual I did speak with from the IRS - Stated that the letter was incorrect in reference - to saying that the organization did not have tax exempt status. my question to the IRS - was clear in the letter that I had sent them prior. I did mention possibly just getting done with the public organization , and she said that I would odds are have to pay back the monies that I received that were donated i.e. I received monies/grant funding for : my smaller bear pen/facility (Built in 2002 = $2,300.00)
(I received monies /MOHF Grant Funding towards material cost + an administrative fee ONLY - For fencing 2/3 acres of my/our = My land , and my husbands land (built/construction in 2006) material cost = $3,517.00 I gave all receipts to Sandy Ritchie - fence post,tightlock deer fencing,electric line,insulaters..= strictly materail cost to fence in my 2/3 acres. Administrative fees were + $390.00 - I am going to send the mohf a check paying them back/cost of material - either this year /or the beginning of next, and they can give those monies to someone else ) ( work ,and maintenance is done by me & my husband Michael) (I also received grant monies in the past for material cost - 4 small pens + grant monies for : The initial cost of 2 satellite collars.I now pay all accruing cost to do with my 2 satellite collars to keep them up & running with no grant monies = I do not want any state /or federal monies )
I have received most of my donations through private donors,and that is preferred = I do not want any government monies. I certainly have to look into everything though . Take note: The physical work done + all maintenance - has nothing to do with the grant monies at all/or any other monnies. They didn't build it! I would just as soon have the 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 too - for paying myself ,and yes my husband for the physical work that we do in reference to my facilities, and the education I do.... i.e. I spend a great deal of time with caring for bears..= It isnt all about just my facilities ,I educate the public, and I too observe bear development, and behavioral patterns,and 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 ,and upkeep of my facilities, and sure will continue ,and I certainly regard him ,and he will help me on occasion with gathering natural food,but he too 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)