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Number of wildlife rehabilitators, wild animals rescued plummets in California
by Animal Advocates (Mary [at]
Friday Jan 17th, 2014 2:43 PM
The number of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in California is down 15%. The number of wild animals rescued is down by 16,358 or 20%. Please, tell the California Department of Fish & Game to approve new permits for wildlife rehabilitators.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly "Department of Fish and Game") maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not do wildlife rehabilitation. The Department licenses properly trained and experienced wildlife rehabilitators who do the actual work. Wildlife rehabilitators rescue ill, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. All wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers who must pay for permits, cages, food, veterinary care... to rescue the animals. Wildlife rehabilitators receive no money or compensation from the Department or state to care for these animals. We rely solely on donations and grants from the public.


Nicole Bowser Carion became the rehab coordinator in October 2004. Before that a warden in each of the six California regions was in charge of the rehabbers in their region. Animal Advocates is located in region five. We are the only facility licensed in the City of Los Angeles serving over 4.5 million people and over 500 square miles. Warden Joseph Baima was the rehab coordinator in region five up until 2004. Warden Joseph Baima did a wonderful job educating, aiding, encouraging and permitting rehabbers in the region.

Since Nicole Carion became the rehab coordinator the number of permitted rehabbers has decreased by 15%. Number of wild animals rescued has decreased by 16,358 or 20%. While the economy is probably one of the reasons the number of rehabbers decreased from 2008 to 2012, Nicole Carion is the reason for the previous and continued decrease. We have been receiving more calls than ever before asking for help with wildlife but we have to refuse a great number of animals because we get full quickly. We take in between 700 and 1,400 mammals per year. The chart below shows the decreases from official Department of Fish & Wildlife reports.


Nicole Carion made it more difficult and costly to become a rehabber. The level of care of wildlife has not increased. Nicole Carion added a lot more red tape to make it almost impossible for new people to receive permits. Nicole Carion's job is to file an annual report of the number of rehabbers and animals rescued each year. She was three years behind in her reports until I sent in an information act request to obtain the reports. She finally finished and posted the reports.

Nicole Carion stopped accepting applications for permits when she started. I was the last person permitted in 2003. My permit was signed January 2004. She did not approve a new permit for at least two years. While she is accepting applications I don't believe she is approving new permits. We desperately need new wildlife rehabilitators so we can save more of California's wildlife.

One of the main reasons for having wildlife rehabilitators is so that the public will not try to help the animals themselves. Inexperienced people could be bitten, scratched or attacked while trying to help. They could spread zoonotic diseases and parasites such as parvo, rabies and round worms. A member of the public also won't know how to properly raise wildlife for release back to the wild. The animal may die from improper nutrition or not be releasable. We would end up with many illegal and possibly dangerous wild animals as pets. These things are already happening.

Please, contact the directors at Fish & Wildlife to ask them to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators. The head of the Fish & Wildlife Department is Charlton Bonham. Deputy Director is Kevin Hunting. Dan Yparraguirre is in charge of the wildlife branch which oversees Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Mary Cummins

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While I do not see any damage done by wildlife rehabilitation I am concerned by the cost. I have seen figures as high as $35,000 to rehab and injured duck. That same duck can fly into a marsh, when released, and be added to a duck hunters daily bag limit of ducks. Those same funds would do more for wildlife if invested in habitat restoration. Just does not make sense to spend a lot of time and money rehabing most wildlife.

Nicole used to work under Michael Carion as a warden wanna be in Napa area. She had an affair with her boss Mike Carion while he was married to his now ex-wife Shanon Sloves mother of his two daughters. They all now hate him. Nicole is the reason Mike got a divorce. The ONLY reason why Nicole was promoted from wanna be warden is because she slept with then married her boss.She's
very lazy and doesn't even go in to work. She "works" from home. Because her husband is head of enforcement she feels that makes her Queen of the Department. Nobody likes her because of her attitude. She also makes up excuses why she can't get things done. She also uses her position to help her zoo friends get free animals. She took a healthy wild bobcat kitten and gave it to a college as a mascot, totally against the regs and the purpose of the Dept.
by Ducks
Wednesday Apr 30th, 2014 5:06 PM
Someone just emailed me this link. I knew we were all overloaded but I thought it was because we took in more animals. We need more people.

Has anyone taken a good look at our permit? It's riddled with spelling errors. These errors were not in our old permits. How can she spell these main words wrong, i.e. "rehabiliatated." Does she have a college degree? There are also typographical and grammatical errors. How is this woman running the rehab department?


Didn't know that about Mike and Nicole. Pretty shameful. No wonder people at the Department don't like her.
Saturday May 3rd, 2014 1:11 PM
Her dad is Timothy James Bowser who was found guilty of insurance fraud, suspended and fined. "Insurance Firm Is Fined For Illegal Practices HARRISBURG (AP) — United Republic Life Insurance Company of Harrisburg and six of ita agents were suspended and fined Wednesday by the Insurance Department on charges of using illegal and deceptive practices. United Republic drew a 90-day suspension and a $100,000 fine, the largest fine on record in the department. The agents drew fines up to $2,000 and suspensions up to one year. Insurance Commissioner George F. Reed said charges against nine other individuals were dismissed because the allegations of improper conduct had not been established. Reed said the suspended agents "used illegal and deceptive practices in the sale of life Insurance, intending to mislead the purchaser into thinking that he was making an investment instead of buying insurance." The commissioner said his action was taken after 11 days of hearings in Harrisburg and Philadelphia resulting in more than 1,500 pages of testimony by 37 witnesses. He said the company had violated provisions of the Insurance Company Law of 1921 by offering illegal inducements in connection with the purchase of insurance, misrepresenting the terms of Insurance policies" and making estimates, with the intent to deceive, of the future dividends payable under certain policies of insurance. He said the company also violated ihe Insurance Unfair Practices Act through the use of such terms as "investment plan" "profit-sharing," "planholders," "business partners" and. similar terms. Reed listed the agents fined and suspended as: — Timothy Bowser, Zelienople, $2,000 and one year. — Wilmer M. Godshall Jr., Chalfont, $1,000 and one year. — Kenneth C. Kramer, State College, $2,000 and one year. — Arthur Leroy Michael, Gettysburg, $1,000 and one year. — -James C. Leighty, West Chester, $500 and six months. — Robert R. Dolges, Hastings $1,000 and one year." He sells insurance as TIMOTHY JAMES BOWSER (CRD# 1896382) Alternate names: T J BOWSER, TIM BOWSER, SAGEPOINT FINANCIAL, INC. (CRD# 133763) SAGEPOINT FINANCIAL, INC. (CRD# 133763) Registered with this firm since 10/31/2008
16670 LITTLE DOE LANE, COTTONWOOD, CA 96022 Her brother Nate Bowser is a big hunter just like Nicole.
by Spell check
Saturday May 3rd, 2014 1:14 PM
Those errors have been in our permit since 2008. Nicole made those errors herself. How does her spell check not light up? Isn't a college degree mandatory for her position? There are even grammatical errors and typos. I tend to agree that she only got that job because she had sex with her married boss.