FWC Policies Must Change About Helping Wildlife

EDIT NOTE:  Since writing this I have received some other information regarding the incident below.  FWC contacted me after I inquired about it.  Their version is not the same as the one given below.  I found out that the fawn was kept 6-7 days before FWC took it from this person.  The officer had the option of not giving a citation as they do when it’s only been a couple of days in possession, but since this had been a week he cited the man.  A neighbor evidently made an anonymous call to FWC regarding this.

If you find injured/orphaned wildlife you are supposed to call FWC and let them handle it.  The humanity in us makes us wants to help the animal ourselves and certainly it’s even more so when it seems urgent, as this did.  FWC says they will respond within two hours.  With all of us carrying cell phones these days, we should be able to contact them quickly.  I don’t know why this person said there was no response from them.  I can only  trust this is what happened.   If you are not licensed to handle wildlife or keep them, you can be fined.  It’s sometimes a toss-up but just know the risks.


 

This is shared by permission:

 

Thursday 4/25/19
Approximately 3:30

A baby fawn was walking up to a lady by a busy roadway in Orlando. The lady attempted to call FWC multiple times. The mother deer was deceased nearby, she presumed to be hit by an automobile. The lady who called was advised by FWC to get the fawn to a fawn Rehabilitator. I had been in the area, the person was frantically trying to keep the deer from entering the busy road and getting hit. I offered to take it to a rehab place nearby, the person I knew was unable and unavailable to help because his recent fire and his facilities were destroyed by a recent fire. (Jim Bronzo) He advised me to take it to a rehabilitation facility in Brevard since I lived there I agreed to help. It was noted by both of us that the baby fawn’s ears were extremely curled, which is a sign of severe distress and needed immediate attention.

 

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On my way home I bought temporary supplies, (receipt in hand) at Tractor Supply to begin nursing the starved, dehydrated, approximately 3-day old fawn.

Upon returning home the baby fawn was by this time going into shock from hunger and dehydration. The torque test revealed it was severely dehydrated. With having had a class 3 license in 2004, I knew what to do, act quickly on behalf of the fawn if it was going to make it to a rehab facility.

So I began using a Pedialyte liquid, (baby Gatorade) for hydration administered by an eye dropper. I administered 2-3 ml every 30 minutes by mouth to get it fluids. The baby deer improved slowly over the next 3 days and began to eat a 1 oz of baby kid (goat) formula by bottle. Using a warm washcloth stimulation, the baby deer finally urinated and had a bowel movement by the fourth day. Feeling the baby fawn was improving slowly, I researched several wild animal rehabilitation facilities nearby, left messages with no return calls. By the fifth day, she was eating 3-5oz of formula, every 3-4 hours, readily from the bottle.

Also during this time, my other half had been admitted to Holmes regional hospital for asthma attacks associated with pneumonia. So I was quite busy holding the homestead together with my 3 children and my 84-year-old demented mother, and a distressed baby deer.

By the 6th day, the baby fawn was ready to be placed at a rehab facility, but no return calls had been received, my other half had returned from the hospital on Wednesday evening.

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On the 7th day while I was at work, May 2, 2019, an FWC officer showed up at the residence, around lunchtime. (Officer Delano) Unaware of who reported the deer, my significant other showed him the baby deer, who was kept on a screened back porch. The baby deer was kept isolated there, with two bedding areas available for her comfort. It had a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet. She was isolated in hopes of a successful return to the wild. Officer Delano requested her to sign over the deer, which she cooperated fully. Tara also donated the bottle and kid formula to the rescue the deer would be taken. Tara had prepared a large transport box with hay for the 45-minute ride to the rehab facility. I, Paco, had a conversation about how I obtained the deer because Tara was unaware of the facts of the deer situation. Officer De Lano requested that I call him back upon returning home from work, which I complied with 2 times, De Lano sent FWC officer Hatfield at 7:30 pm to have me sign the deer release form and deliver a violation with fine of $331. 😕

The baby deer was taken to Creature safe place, in Ft. Pierce Florida, with Wynn Burns, who has stated, I did an excellent job rehabilitating the fawn, and the fawn was doing very well. She recommended I be placed on her list, to become a licensed independent rehabilitation person by obtaining a class 3 license.

I am making a $100.00 donation to Creature safe place on behalf of the deer. She stated she would write a letter of what a good job was done rehabilitating the baby fawn. Please share this story. It’s the ONLY way this crazy stuff is going to stop.

This was the officer, he was young polite and professional according to my other half, however, inexperienced being 3 months with FWC, I only spoke with him on the phone and answered all his questions. My other half signed a release for the fawn, the officer instructed me to call him when I returned home, I did so twice only to have another officer deliver a citation to me at 8 o clock at night, also after several attempts to text the officer on where the baby fawn was taken. Not one return text or call concerning the safe delivery of the baby fawn. I had to call 6 different places in Ft Pierce, the officer had told me during the phone conversation that the only rehabilitation facility is in Ft Pierce. But he didn’t even know the name. 🤦🏽‍♀️ The second FWC Officer did seem rather embarrassed having to deliver a citation.


There needs to be a policy change regarding people helping orphaned and injured wildlife.  Obviously, this fawn was of no threat to the man who helped it.  It’s not like he was trying to help a full-grown injured bear.  People run across injured, sick, orphaned, entrapped, etc. wildlife all the time and sometimes they must act to save the life of the animal.  FWC cannot always be there at the time to do anything to help the animal and as most of us know they often choose to euthanize rather than to save an animal.

Please email FWC’s commissioners to ask them to inform people better about these rules.  The majority of people do not visit the FWC website and are not educated about handing orphaned/injured wildlife.  https://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/

 

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FWC Policies Must Change About Helping Wildlife

Ocean & Co – Selling Turtle Bracelets – Making a killing

ocean co sea turtle braclet lgWould you like to buy this for less than a dollar and free shipping?  Of course, you would.  But most unsuspecting people will pay $20.00 for it and pay for shipping too.  Why?  Because they think they are really helping to save turtles.

Only 10% of PROFITS  are donated to various charities by Ocean & Co.   They get to deduct THEIR donation to the charities from their taxes and you don’t.  Why, because you gave to a BUSINESS.  You made a purchase of a bracelet.  YOU did not donate, THEY did.

Now let’s look at what you could have done.  You could have gone on Ebay or Aliexpress and bought the bracelet for less than a dollar. The rest of your $20.00 could have been sent to a legitimate charity and you could deduct YOUR donation from your taxes.  You would have given $19.00 to the charity instead of less than $2.00.  What a difference that would make to the charity if everyone did that instead of what people are doing.

What is the true “Cause” here?

The true cause of businesses like Ocean & Co and 4Ocean etc. is to make themselves rich.   You may be thinking, well, what’s wrong with that?  The problem is this is a very deceptive way to do business.  To me it’s criminal.  It’s preying on the sensitivities of people who genuinely care about the “said cause” which in this case is saving turtles lives.  These “cause” businesses mask that you are really doing very little to help the turtles, nor are they.

If you look at the mission statement for Ocean & Co, you will see where they put down 4Ocean for what they do to try to make themselves look more legit.  As I’ve said before, I hate deception.  In any form.  To me, this is as are all cause businesses that are not upfront about what they are doing and transparent about their giving to charities and their profiting for themselves.

Below is an anklet sold by Ocean & Co.  As you can see, the price is $17.99.

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Below you see the same bracelet.  From .66 cents to $1.65.  This is true.  Companies like Ocean & Co buy it for probably less if they are buying in bulk.  Or maybe they are paying the listed price and having it drop shipped.  No shipping cost to them.  Easy peasy. And they tell you “Thank you for your SUPPORT.”  I say they should be saying, “Thank you for your BUSINESS!”  Stop the deception!

Give to an honest charity

 

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You can Google “Turtle Rescues” and find many.  One that is in Marathon, Florida is owned by Richie Moretti.  A local businessman that used to sell Volkswagons in Winter Park, Fl who sold his business and bought a small motel in Marathon, Fl in the Keys.  He later turned it into a turtle hospital and rescue.  He has been on Sea Rescue many times and you have probably seen him on Saturday mornings on your tv.  You can give to his turtle rescue and I’m sure it would be oh so appreciated.

http://www.turtlehospital.org/

 

Please also see the blog post about 4Oceans here.    Thank you for taking the time to read this.  And please feel free to share.

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Please make your donations really help!  Don’t buy cheap Chinese jewelry to give a business a big profit that benefits saving turtles very little.  Thanks.

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Ocean & Co – Selling Turtle Bracelets – Making a killing

Fire Destroys Animal Sanctuary and Home

https://www.gofundme.com/help-second-chance-wildlife-sanctuary-rebuild?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r&fbclid=IwAR2NZLTMkQZEj3BziA6qNUxWdjzmYbggu09jTZ6o4OsnkUiGgNXpFuH7aqY

Please help to rebuild Jim’s Wildlife Sanctuary and his home.

Jim is an amazing person. He has a deep love of all animals and an unquenchable spirit of love and kindness to all.  He humanely traps animals to help fund the sanctuary and is an accomplished artistic painter which also helps him with the sanctuary and his livelihood.

Recently there was a terrible fire that burned Jim’s home on the property and killed many animals.  Jim was asleep when a peacock began squawking which woke Jim up. He was only able to rescue one of his pet dogs that slept with him.

Many animals were in cages below the two-story home that sat on stilts.  They all lost their lives.  Jim lost everything.   His clothing, phone, computer, painting supplies, you name it.  He was left with just the clothes on his back.

Although Jim has lots of support, it is going to take a lot to rebuild.  And even after that the sanctuary will need to be funded.  If you can donate, you can donate through the above GoFundMe account or through Jim’s website at: http://www.secondchancewildlifesanctuary.org           – Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Fire Destroys Animal Sanctuary and Home

Joel Rosenthal has lived with bears, foxes and much other wildlife.

 

joe1Joel Rosenthal is living the dream most of us dream of.  Living with wildlife.
I mean really living! He is a biologist, rescuer in the hills of West Virginia with a vast tract of land he calls “Point of View Farm.”
Joel tirelessly works every day to save the lives of injured and orphaned wild animals that are brought to him from around the area.

He has one bear named Rose who he raised as an orphan and was released to the wild that returns from time to time to see him.  This year when she came, she gave birth to two cubs.  Joel locks her up if it is hunting season to protect her.  This is her third litter.

Contrary to what wildlife agencies put out about interacting with wildlife, Joel interacts successfully and continues to prove their theories wrong.

Here is a post that Joel made on his Facebook page.

Shared with permission.

Studying Wildlife

STUDYING WILDLIFE

Around the world there are thousands of wildlife biologists who have been taught that the only way for humans to study wildlife is from a distance and without contact. The theory is that animals will react differently if humans are present. This “theory” extends to the concept that any contact between wildlife and humans “makes” the animal fearless of humans and therefore a direct threat to becoming at the very least a nuisance if not dangerous. The saying “ A fed bear is a dead bear” is used all the time. And indeed almost any bear who comes in contact with humans is killed. The false narrative continues by saying that an animal hand raised by a human becomes dysfunctional and dependent on humans.

And should any wildlife biologist dare to integrate themselves into a population of wild animals to study them that biologist is immediately condemned and criticized for life by the academics who really know nothing about wildlife.

Fortunately, there have been notable examples to demonstrate the hollowness of this dogma.

Some noted examples are Jane Goodall, Joy Adamson, Diane Fosse and Lynn Rogers. It is noteworthy that three on this list are women.

Each has shown us that once an animal or an animal population becomes so familiar with the presence of a human that animal population just carries on as if the human was not even there.

And in everyday life there are dozens of wild animals that have integrated themselves everyday into our very urban lives often without our even noticing. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, and even coyotes, deer and mountain lions are examples.

So, that brings me to POVF and Joel Rosenthal. No one tells me how to handle, rehabilitate or interact with any wild animal I get. This gives me the flexibility that almost no other facility around the world has. And as all of you know I am a “hands on” fellow.

This has allowed me to learn so very much about the real mannerisms, traits and even thinking that an animal does. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who have foxes as “pets.” But those foxes are not permitted to be wild. I, on the other hand, have this relationship with a wild fox, Mink, who comes and goes, hunts, mates and has her own offspring. Yet, because I am simply background noise she carries on her unadulterated wildness right in front of me.

Over the years I have now had 30 bears. All of them received personal attention most for as long as 18 months before they went off on their own. None has attacked a person. None has raided a house or cabin. None has spent their life begging for food. None has become a nuisance.

And then of course there is Rose from whom I have learned so very much about bears. She is nine years old now and has survived all this time by avoiding humans when she is in the wild. She has claimed the territory around POVF as hers. Yes, she does come into my house, but has never tried to enter anyone else’s. Yes, she looks forward to the snacks I give her, yet she has never approached anyone else for food.

So why are we humans still so very ignorant and stupid about the very essence of what a wild animal is all about and how they think. Why is it that students today are still taught so much nonsense and false information about wildlife and how to study and understand them?

 


Follow Joel on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/joel.rosenthal.140joel.jpg

Joel Rosenthal has lived with bears, foxes and much other wildlife.

New Guided Nature Hikes in Central Florida

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Ecotiere.com is now offering nature hikes and lectures.

 

Expert wildlife specialist Fred Bohler is now ready to take you hiking and teach

all about Florida’s wonderful wildlife. You’ll explore and learn about tracks, bones,

habitat, creatures and many other things while you enjoy a fun hike with one of

Central Florida’s most knowledgeable nature lovers. 


About Fred Bohler:

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Fred Bohler is a wildlife specialist and an accomplished speaker desiring to further the understanding between humans and wildlife.

.Fred has a special interest in reptiles, crocodilians, and arachnids.

His work has involved radio and television including programs such as Animal Planet.

He has also worked as a herpetologist and animal care specialist for zoological institutions and various government agencies and has closely worked with black bears.

His “life mission” is solving myths and phobias through wildlife education for the general public as well as one on one.


Guided Eco Nature Hikes

There are three locations to choose your hike from:

 

  • Wekiwa State Park – A  7,000-acre Florida State Park in Apopka, Florida.
  • Fechtel Tract – Lower Wekiva State Preserve – 8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford, FL
  • Rock Springs Run State Reserve Park – 30601 County Road 433
    Sorrento FL

Lectures

Lectures take place at Wekiva Island – 1014 Miami Springs Dr, Longwood, FL

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For Booking Your Hike or Lecture and More Information, Go To –  http://www.ecotiere.com

 

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Carlos Beruff is Bad for Florida

A slap in the face was given by Governor Rick Scott during his last days, to all who care
about Florida’s natural resources as he appointed developer Carlos Beruff to the FWC Commission.

For several years now, activists who actually DO care about Florida’s natural resources,
and not with preserving them in order to abuse them or kill them, have been trying to clean up the FWC Commission from the likes of wealthy developers.

Beruff fought to develop land ladened with toxins. He even sued an activist for a million dollars, shoving his wealth and power around to get his way. And he did, sadly. The development is called, “Waverly” and is in Sarasota County. For more –
http://thebradentontimes.com/beruff-suing-activist-over-claims-on-landfill-adjacent-development-p19749-137.htm

“He founded Medallion Homes, a development firm infamous in the Sarasota area for building homes with contaminated, toxic “Chinese drywall” and then sparring with homeowners who said their own houses were sickening them. (New Times conducted its own investigation into Chinese drywall in South Florida in 2010.) During Medallion’s fight with the people it had screwed over, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune caught the company lying about being broke in order to get out of paying settlements
to poisoned homeowners.”
Source:
https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/carlos-beruff-racist-rich-man-gets-to-rewrite-the-florida-constitution-thanks-to-rick-scott-9259505

He resigned from the Southwest Florida Water Management, which board he served on,
after he voted to approve a friend’s plan to destroy precious wetlands in order to build a home.

His developments have been accused of moving an eagle’s nest without permission and destroying public conservation areas. He wrangled the state wetland-mitigation system so he could plow down 40 acres of mangroves just so he could have a better view of one of his properties. This guy is just bad news.

He has been accused of lying under oath to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators. He also avoided paying $235,000 in taxes by claiming that he was a farmer and a lumberjack. What uncovered other things has he done, I wonder?

When stopped for speeding at 103 mph, he told the officer that his expensive car
drove as safely at that speed as lesser expensive cars do at lower speeds. He lost his license.

Scott seems to love this man having appointed him to several boards, such as the
Constitutional Revision Commission, and others. But of course, Scott loves wealth.

Beruff seems to make it a point to vie against those who wish to preserve Florida’s natural resources.
What kind of voting and mulling around is he going to do on a commission that involves our fish, wildlife and precious land? I think you can figure it out.

We have seen what other developer commissioners have done and how they have voted against the best decisions for Florida. Thankfully several of them finally resigned. Who they have been replaced with is not any better and so if we as Floridians want to preserve Florida for our grandchildren and their children, it is our obligation to fight against such actions and stop them from destroying this beautiful state.

Carlos Beruff is Bad for Florida

Yes, FWC Kills Bears!

Recently an activist stated that FWC does not kill bears.  How bazaar coming from a bear activist who has been involved in stopping the bear hunts.   Anyone can request these records from FWC.

To prove my point about FWC killing bears, I am including some images of records sent to me from FWC of the bears that they have killed during 1/11/15 to 4/11/16. These records do not come color-coded. I did that so I could reference certain things more easily.

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Yes, FWC Kills Bears!