Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness
Dawn L. Brown sole proprietor DBA A Bears Second Chance
I am a Maine Black Bear Photographer - Bear care/rehabilitator & Bear behavioral researcher, and educator
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 bear cubs extensively, and I continue to observe their daily lives either in my smaller bear pens, as well as in my 5-acre pen - natural habitat/landscape – for when I can put bears in there. (2018 I didn’t receive any cub in need of care, but I did receive a yearling and he has my undivided attention and needs extensive care, but I sadly can’t put him in my 5-acre pen) I do understand bear behavioral patterns, and how they adapt and react to different situations. Each bear may have a different scenario that I may have to adjust things to each situation. I hope to keep doing this for many more years and continue my insight even further with tracking one /or two future bears in the wild right around here releasing from home, and track them around here, and beyond = where they decide to travel and make their territory/range – future bears that can be released. I do keep documentation on everything that I can witness - from little cubs in my care to yearlings. Note: I document repetitive bear behavior patterns - odds are - in detail / Realtime - more than anyone out there /or certainly no less, and the cub development adaption data I have gathered over the years Is second to none = I record, and back up near everything I witness
Take Note: Though I work for a living - I take the time to keep an eye on my bears day & night. I gather natural food during this process, feed supplements, medication if needed and immediate care, clean – bedding, water - for when the vernal pools are, empty/or If I have bears in my smaller pens. I am a driven individual, and proud to say that I built my pens with the help of my husband = we did all the construction for the most part. I, now even do much of the upkeep myself - because I can’t believe how much bias can be out there at times/ misrepresentation at times (Note: most of my time is actually caring for bears and observing them, and taking photographs = now that my pens are built – the upkeep isn’t that time consuming = certain times of the year - it may take a bit longer to tend to thing ,but once done – it is good to go for quite some time) My bear pens are built on my/our private property, and it is not public land /nor is it open to the public/nor is it government land and never will be = I do not want anyone ever misinterpreting things, and thinking that the State/ or Government built it /or owns the land/or runs things by any means = I personally like as limited Government as possible. I don’t have a problem with those whom work in government/some, but I simply don’t want them trying to run my life in any way /or form. I simply would like to run my little business that I run = my husband Michael does not run my bear business either, and he will be the 1st to say so = he has clearly seen why I get frustrated from time to time and understands completely.
My focus is for the bears that I care for and their best interest - that means that I keep them secluded, and I am the only caretaker and observer – and now photographer - because it is beneficial for them, and me,and by me selling my photos - it only makes sense to do so. I do take responsibility - for the most part, and I am an expert at what I do - Bears can be very challenging at times and my years of experience gives me the upper edge . The learning never does end though ,but I must say over the years I have grown tremendous insight and have been humbled - while giving my thanks overall to the very bears; that have taught me so much over the years.
I look forward to this journey, as well as having a small shop someday at home. I need to market my bear photos, and other products more seriously. I sure would think people would want to make a purchase - simply - because - they would know exactly where all monies go.
Education: I absolutely love being asked questions! I certainly have the knowledge, and then some to educate (lifelong experience) I am indeed a greatly self-taught individual, and an out of the box thinker for sure = I say what I mean, and mean what I say, and document what I witness = No guessing. Dawn L. Brown