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:
Acting Black Bear Biologist
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
Your information is vital to black bear research and recovery efforts in Mississippi.
Click to download Occurrence Report Form Fillable Black Bear Sighting Report