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:
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
Click to download Occurrence Report Form (PDF) or (Fillable Word)
A black bear attempts to cross Highway 61 on the Big Black River near the Claiborne county line (Photo: John Fox).
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.