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.