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Bear Rehabilitation,Research & Release
I am a Maine bear rehabilitator and behavioral researcher
- Time continues to give answers. My position and what I do is very clear on other pages of my website as well.
Bear cub rehabilitation to me is immediate care,continued
care , and monitoring bears while trying to make their environment as stress free, and as close to nature as it can feasibly
be!Time has given me answers to questions.That is why I try to update my website with time permitted - so as to set
the record straight.I have always said to never underestimate
bear cubs capabilities,and their natural instincts; that they already have in place. I have documented for years
now - their development + behavioral patterns - skills/instincts, and that is what - has not only given
me an opportunity to learn - but to witness 1st hand how bears cubs develop on a daily basis - I don't get days off and
holidays ;that is part of being a rehabilitator /caretaker : part of that is being a bear behavioral observational
researcher. I have been able to document + record just about everything that I have witnessed over the years ,and I will
continue to do so.
I am a Maine bear rehabilitator and behavioral researcher - Time continues to give answers. My position and what I do is very clear on other pages of my website as well. Bear cub rehabilitation to me is immediate care,continued care , and monitoring bears while trying to make their environment as stress free, and as close to nature as it can feasibly be!Time has given me answers to questions.That is why I try to update my website with time permitted - so as to set the record straight.I have always said to never underestimate bear cubs capabilities,and their natural instincts; that they already have in place. I have documented for years now - their development + behavioral patterns - skills/instincts, and that is what - has not only given me an opportunity to learn - but to witness 1st hand how bears cubs develop on a daily basis - I don't get days off and holidays ;that is part of being a rehabilitator /caretaker : part of that is being a bear behavioral observational researcher. I have been able to document + record just about everything that I have witnessed over the years ,and I will continue to do so.
49 BEARS TO DATE : I have received in need of rehabilitation, observation - to date over the years)( 45 released + 1 now 2017 in rehabilitation ) Over the years : (1 died-necropsy was done)(1 euthernized-necropsy was done) ( 1 died - severe health issues/neurealogical - the cub could not be saved ) More bear Information listed below:
2017 (2) thus far) (1 female cub weighing 6.2 lbs on arrival 5-6-17 named "Indy"/Independence ) (1 female cub weighing 3.6 lbs on arrival 5-7-17 - this cub died neurological and other health issue:o(
2016 (4) cub of the year all males (2 male cubs I received on: 6-3-16 "Feisty" weighing 5 lbs. & "Blaze" weighing 6lbs + I received another male cub: "Burdock" 6-4-16 weighing 8lbs.+ I received another male cub: "whirlwind" approx.10 months of age on: December 15,2016 weight approx. 15 lbs.)
2015 (4) bear yearlings thus far (1 bear cub of the year arrived 6-24-15 LIBERTY ) (Blizzard yearling arrived 1-22-15 only weighing 16lbs.) (Storm yearling arrived 1-30-15 only weighing 12lbs.Released May 12,2015 30lbs.) (Bumbles yearling arrived 2-24-15 maxed out my scale at over 100 lbs = fat obese yearling - corn patch queen)
(2014 (2) cubs thus far ( "Brave" Female-cub weight 6 lbs. arrived 4-5-14) (Freedom Female - cub arrived 6-3-14 weight on 6-5-14 12 lbs.)
(2013 (4) cubs arrived 3-1-13 - surrogate sow bears were found for cubs to go in with (3) cubs arrived 3-27-13-still in rehabilitation .
2012 (14) cubs arrived In 2012 (12-21-12 16lb female cub 11+months) (10-31-12:11½ lb male cub Age 9½ months)(11-1-12: 12 lb male cub Age 9½ months) (11-19-12 16 lb female cub) (11-25-12 14 male cub)( 2 cubs very wild were soft released, and were not in need of rehabilitation) (5-29-12 #3 MALE CUBS ARRIVED WEIGHTS:5lbs,6 1/2lbs,7lbs;They needed immediate care-2 were released /Winter den release )(3-10-12 #4 ORPHANED CUBS ARRIVED:1MALE CUB WAS RELEASED INTO A DEN WITH SURROGATE SOW ON 3-18-12,AND THE OTHER 2 MALE CUBS & 1 FEMALE CUB WILL BE IN REHABILITATION FOR A WHILE -They were released into a Winter den as yearlings )(5 CUBS THAT ARRIVED 2012 FALL WEIGHING 11½lbs ,12 lbs,14 lbs,16 lbs,16lbs WILL WINTER HERE-They were released Spring 2013. 1 CUB WOUNDED,AND 1 FROM THE 3 that had arrived on 5-29-12 are denned in the woods/soft release.
2011 (6) CUBS IN REHABILITATION ;THEY ARE ALL LIVING IN THE WILD NOW AND HAVE COLLARS ON THEM/RADIO TELEMETRY-VHF,AND SATELLITE&VHF= 3 were released at 7months age,and 3 were released typical dibursment at 16 months-2013 update these cubs have been living in the wild now for a while;they are 2 year olds/sub adults and we will continue to gather data as it arrives)
(OTHER PAST BEAR DATA:BEAR CUBS & YEARLINGS OVER TTIME WERE REHABILITATED RELEASED (3) DEN RELEASE AS YOUNG CUBS GOING IN WITH SURROGATE SOW. (1) DEN YEARLING RELEASE . (1) 9 MONTH OLD RELEASED . (1) 7 MONTH OLD RELEASED . (4) 16/17 MONTH OLD SPRING RELEASED (1) BEAR DIED AND A NECROPSY WAS DONE=GASTRIC INTESTINAL DISORDER & (1) BEAR WAS EUTHANIZED AND A NECROPSY WAS DONE=BEAR HAD TUMOR,AND NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE (1) soft released
I WILL UPDATE WITH TIME PERMITTED
Bear Records: Years listed when I received bears , and years when I did not ? Common Sense would be that when Maine bears are in need of rehabilitation ,and observation they would go here. (The smaller bear pen was built in 2002,and my 3 acre bear pen was built in 2006 ,and now I am blessed to have an additional 2 acres = I now have a total of 5 acres! I would like to fence in more of mine and my husbands private property as time goes on)
If you would like to gather more data on the bears I have rehabilitated and observed over the years please keep scrolling,and also just view other pages on my website to learn more.I do not have everything on my website but I will eventually try to add much more documentation/my bear journal/or siply have it out there for when I get my book done: please be patient.Thanks!
(1) Male cub arrived in October 1997 (Released himself shortly later at approximately
9-10 months age/escaped)
1998,1999,2000,2001-No bears came here for rehabilitation
(1) Male cub received from Daryle Dajoy on 10-8-02, We were told that the approximately 9 month old cub had swam across blue hill bay and was smashing up against the rocks ( in the Spring of 2009 as a yearling we attempted a potencial release,but it was obviouse that there was something not right,it was clear this bear would never be able to live life as a typical bear.We had to make a decision, and all agreed what would be best=This bear was euthanized on 5-30-03 by State Veterinarian Dr. Don Honeige . Biologist Mark Caron then transported the bear,and a necropsy was then done.Results=Brain tumor,and neurological damage
(1) Male cub I named "Coburn" arrived on 12-18-03 from biologist Mark Caron.Cub's weight approximately 15-20 lbs.As a yearling he was caught in the trap door/bear box,he was not ear tagged.The biologist said the yearling was in very good condition,and had good behavior and should do well.He was taken up North and released on 5-28-04 up in Coburn Gore, Maine. My husband and I accompanied the biologist .We all caught a glimpse as he took off out of the box into the the woods /great release! have video.
2004,2005-No bears came here for rehabilitation
Female neonatal cub named "Frosty " arrived with Female sibling,the biologist & bear crew tried a
winter den release by putting the cubs in with
surrogate sow-it did not work out, Cub "Frosty" & her sibling "Ice"both went back
into rehabilitation,later they were released again in the summer July/August of 2006-both cubs were immature at this stage
of development and had gone to a campground,they had gone back into rehab again.On 8-17-06:Cub frosty died in captivity.We
took her to my Veterinarian Dr.Robert Patterson, he had
then taken samples to be sent to John Hopkins for a necropsy in Maryland. He did say there was a lot of gas
built up.He was correct (Results=A gastric intestinal disorder,and it is difficult to pin point what
may have caused it.) Bears at this time were getting allot of fruit e.g. strawberries,blueberries,sarsaparilla berries,blackberries,raspberries,also
frozen fish=may be questionable,Mountain ash berries/not ripened may also be questionable,rose-hips not quite ripe may
be questionable.I no longer feed any of the questionable foods out, just to be on the safe side. further data listed
on this page
(1) 2-3-06 Female neonatal cub "Ice" arrived with sibling *look above her sibling was frosty. (Ice was later released back to the wild as a yearling / winter den release in 2007.Sadly In the 2008 bear hunting season-Ice was harvested during the Maine bear hunting season.She lived in the wild for over a year and a half. further data listed on this page
2007: No bears went into the bear rehabilitation pens/I should say - I am a bear rehabilitator and the/my bears go into my pens where I can monitor them (UPDATE NOTE : when bears are in my smaller bear pen - I monitor them 2 to 6 times approx. within a 24 hr time frame - sometimes more ,and sometimes less. I clean ,care for,monitor and observe bears growing stages - I look for any health issues ,...When bears are placed in my 3 acre natural habitat facility/now 5 acres - I continue to monitor and gather natural food, as well as supplement them when necessary - I make sure they have clean water when vernal pools are empty = 2 times daily /maybe more + I monitor them closely /document their health and development,and behavioral patterns while they are in my facilities) Though I have an incredible amount of information out there - Evidently if I do not explain myself thoroughly - I get taken out of context,but anyone whom understands me knows the process that I go through ,but none the less - it is wise for me to explain.
(1) 10 oz. Male neonatal cub arrived named "Patten",later Released into winter den with sow and siblings on 1-23 -07 ,on March16, 2007 when biologist checked the den, Patten weighed 5lb 6 oz. His sister was the smallest of the three natural cubs, and weighed 4 lbs 10 oz - the other 2 siblings,a male and female both weighed 5 lbs and 8-oz.Down East study. further data listed on this page
(1) Female cub arrived named "Machias" arrived on 3-12-07 .Released into den with surrogate sow on 3-29-07. further data listed on this page
(1) Female cub arrived named "Tug" arrived on 3-12-07.Released into den with surrogate sow 3-29-07. further data listed on this page
2008 -No bears came here for rehabilitation
(1) male yearling arrived to Second Chance Wildlife Inc. on 4-23-09 from Jack Knight /another wildlife rehabilitators facilities (bear was released by biologist back to the wild on 5-28-09.this bear was also ear tagged,weighed ,teeth checked,health ...I have not heard any data ,so I ma hoping he is doing just fine.
(1) female yearling arrived to Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. on 4-23-09 from Jack Knight /another wildlife rehabilitation facilities. (After being at Second Chance Wildlife Inc.the bear was released by biologist back to the wild on 5-28-09.this bear was also radio collard,weighed ,teeth checked,health ...
(1) male yearling arrived 4-28-09 from biologist he was getting into trouble with his mother sow and another sibling-they were getting into birdseed feeders! the sow was eventually shot during the 2009 Maine bear hunting season ,the other sibling I am not sure what its fate was, it never was caught.The 1 birdseed yearling male that came here tomy facility it was released by biologist back to the wild on 5-28-09.I have not heard anything ,so I am in hope he is doing just fine
(1) 10 lb male cub named Lubec arrived on 6-12-09 -Biologist James Hall said the Bear cub was around a residence for about two weeks, no sign of the mother.Cub was later drugged, ear tagged,checked teeth,health..weight=58 lbs biologist Randy Cross said he looked to be in excellent condition (size appropriate). Also well behaved in terms of avoidance behavior. Lubec was then released back to the wild on 10-16-09.Have not heard any thing new,so I am in hope he is doing fine. further data on the home page.Rescued June 12,2009 from a porch in Lubec at 10 lbs. He had started exhibiting denning behavior in the large enclosure so it is likely that he will den soon in the wild.10-16-10 Lubec : weight= 58 lbs. Neck circumference = 34cm; Chest circ = 58cm; Length (zoological) =85cm; Length (nose to tip of tail) = 100cm Ear tags White 0169 in both ears (let blue backs) No chest blaze
Lubec's rehabilitation process has proved to be a success for this particular bear (Lubec survived his second winter, in a den as a yearling by himself, and was able to wake up in the Spring, and survive through the season, up until he was harvested/killed on September 10,2010
(1) male yearling bear arrived from Rangeley/ Coplin Plantation on 5-11-10.Game warden Reggie Hammond called about the little bear,and said it had been showing up for a few days sleeping on the porch and going into the barn of John Cochese.The cub weighed exactly 23 lbs on 5-11-10 when we got it home to Second Chance Wildlife.We weighed it in the carrier,and after had subtracted the weight of the carrier.I have been documenting behavior, and care.48 lbs when released on 6-17-10
(1) male 5 month old cub weighing 7 lbs 4 oz on arrival 6-6-10.Warden Kevin Pelkey rescued 'BUR" the cub on 6-5-10.(To read more about "Cub Bur" go back to the home page.) BUR was released on 8-16-10 with a satellite collar ,and was ear tagged, weight 44 lbs.
(6) Cubs in rehabilitation (1) Moose calf
UPDATE:(3 cubs/Standish trio were released 0n: 8-23-11,and the Moose calf was released on:9-21-11
Bear cub Orlando,and the Enfield siblings will be released in the Spring 2012/they are Wintering here.
6-28-11 (6) Cubs were Eartagged & weighed.
Biologist Chuck Hulsey & Bob Cordes assisted with this process ,along with Dawn Brown,Michael Brown,Richard Hulsey
1 Male Enfield bear estimated weight 25 lbs -- Ear tag # 181 (white) ID# 2936
1 female Standish bear weight 23 lbs --Ear tag # 180 (white) ID#2938
1 male Standish bear weight 26 lbs -- Ear tag #183 (white)ID#2939
1 male Enfield bear weight 22 lbs -- Ear tag #182 (white)ID#2937
1 female Standish bear weight 24 lbs -- Ear tag #184 (white)ID#2940
1 female Orlando bear wieght 22 lbs -- Ear tag #179 (white)ID#2925
All were give 2% lidocaine in the ears. The 1st 3 bears handled were given 0.2 cc of Pen. G. The last 3 bears were given 0.25 cc Pen G.
7-2-11 Released cubs into my 3 acre pen.
UPDATE: Biologist Randy Cross/ Den Checked TheStandish Trio:
(Sandy ,a female weighing 41 lbs.)(Miles", a female,weighing 42lbs., and was extremely feisty)("Oxbow", a male weighed 54lbs.) All three of the bears had excellent dens, and acted very much like wild bears, if not better.
14 BEAR CUBS WENT INTO REHABILITATION) FOR UPDATED INFORMATION /DATA IS ON THE WEBSITE &
4 bottle baby cubs-eventially went in with surrogate sows
3 bottle babies arrived 3-27-13 Still In rehabilitation
2014: 2 cubs
"Brave" Female-cub weight 6 lbs. arrived 4-5-14 + Freedom Female - cub arrived 6-3-14 weight on 6-5-14 12 lbs.
2015: (4) 3 Yearlings thus far + 1 cub
(3) bear yealings thus far (Blizzard yearling arrived 1-22-15 only weighing 16lbs.) (Storm yeraling arrived 1-30-15 only weighing 12lbs.) (Bumbles yearling arrived 2-24-15 maxed out my scale at over 110 lbs = fat obese yearling - corn patch queeen:Her weight was estimated to be approximatly 130lbs.) (LIBERTY CUB OF THE YEAR Arrived 6-24-15 18 Lbs. )