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Your State Wildlife Agency

With Specific Bear Questions

BearWise State Wildlife Agencies

Alabama Department of Conservation
Arizona Game & Fish Department

Website

Report Bear Issue: Call 623-236-7201

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

website

Report bear issue: contact AGFC 24-hour hotline

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

website

Report bear issue: call 860-424-3333

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

website

Report bear issue: Contact Vince Evelsizer, Furbearer Biologist

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

website

Report bear issue: If you think you have seen a bear and have a photograph, video, tracks or other evidence that you believe will substantiate your sighting, contact the KDWPT Furbearer Biologist, Emporia Research and Survey Office at (620) 342-0658 or use the Contact Us link on the web page listed above. Or, contact a KDWPT game warden or call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

website

Report bear issue: call 1-800-25-ALERT

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

website

Report bear issue: Call regional office (phone numbers available on website)

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

website

Report bear issue: Call dispatch to speak with a local on-call game warden.

Houlton 1-800-924-2261
Bangor 1-800-432-7381
Augusta 1-800-452-4664

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Report bear issue: Call your local area wildlife manager for persistent bear issues.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

website

Report bear issue: Visit web page (above) to access our bear sighting reporting app

Missouri Department of Conservation
Nevada Department of Wildlife

website

Report bear issue: Call our bear hotline 775-688-BEAR (2327)

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

website

Report bear issue: Call Wildlife Division at 603-271-2461

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

website

Report bear issue: contact our Human-Wildlife helpline (phone and email)

North Dakota Game and Fish
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

website

Report bear issue: please call our Wildlife Division office: 405-521-2739

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game Commission

website

Report bear issue: Call central dispatch (717-787-4250) in Harrisburg. Regional office numbers can be found online.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

website

Report bear issue: toll free number or online report form on our website

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

website

Report bear issue: Contact an agency biologist

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

website

Report bear issue: contact the VA Wildlife Conflict Helpline:

  • email: vawildlifeconflict@usda.gov
  • call: toll free 1-855-571-9003
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

website

Report bear issue: Call our Statewide dispatch at (360) 902-2936

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

website

Report bear issue: Contact regional wildlife management offices.

Black bear biologist Andrew Timmons locates a denned, radio-collared bear in the White Mountains of NH.  This bear was part of a multi-year research related to activities and ecology of bears involved in bear-human conflicts. (Photo by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department)
Bear biologist Emily Carrollo collars a female bear that was caught at a lean-to where she was raiding unproperly kept backpacks. The bear was collared for research and orphan cub purposes, and was harassed on site when she was released to try and keep her out of trouble.
bear biologist examines newborn cub
Bear biologist Adam Hammond examines a newborn bear cub near the den. Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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