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Report a Sighting

Sightings of black bears have been on the rise in Mississippi, likely due to a combination of an increase in bears and an increase in public awareness and reporting. Public reports of bear sightings allow researchers to keep track of bear activity state-wide and focus fieldwork and education efforts in areas where bears are returning.

If you see a bear or bear sign, such as clawed trees or tracks, please fill out the occurrence form and mail, fax, email, or call:

Brad Young
Black Bear Biologist
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

Phone: 601-432-2242
Fax: 601-432-2203

Your information is vital to black bear research and recovery efforts in Mississippi.


Click to download Occurrence Report Form (PDF) or (Fillable Word)

Black bear near highway 61

A black bear attempts to cross Highway 61 on the Big Black River near the Claiborne county line (Photo: John Fox).

Map of bear sightings in Mississippi   

Click the map on the left to see where bears have recently been sighted in Mississippi. The map on the right shows locations of radio-collared bears around the state.