Report a bear sighting

Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. We are trying to better document this expansion and need your help.

If you see a black bear outside of its primary range (primary range is shown in black on the map), please report the information in the form below. 

The DNR will turn off the public viewing portion of the map for the duration of bear baiting and the hunting season (Aug. 17 to Oct. 14). Sighting submissions during hunting season still are encouraged using the form below. These records will be stored but will not display publicly after being entered. Locations of sightings will be turned back on after hunting season.

Your name and contact information will not be made public. The DNR will not respond to nuisance complaints submitted through this form. Please call your local Wildlife Manager or Conservation Officer if you require assistance with a nuisance bear.

We appreciate your assistance in this effort to better understand the expansion of bears in Minnesota. We are only interested in sightings in the green area of the map.


Enter a Bear Sighting



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