Report a black bear

To report a sick, injured, orphaned, or dead black bear:

During business hours, call the Regional FWC Office nearest you.

After business hours, call FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)

Cellular phone customers can use *FWC or #FWC

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the exact location of the animal?
  • Is the bear alive or dead?
  • Is the bear blocking a roadway?
  • What is the approximate size of the bear?
  • Can you provide a contact number where you can be reached for further information?

The above information is the most important you can provide; however, any additional information will be helpful.

Important Contact Numbers



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