Bear Reports

Although black bears are native to Missouri, they were nearly wiped out during settlement. Now they're making a comeback. Use this section to follow our black bear research project, report bear sightings, camp safely in bear country, and control nuisance bears.

bear sightings map

Track bears in the Missouri Black Bear Project and keep up with efforts to determine the state's bear population.

In This Section

Black Bear Management Plan (pdf, 605 KB)

Missouri's black bear management plan provides the guidance and continuity for their conservation and management in our state. The plan was organized and prepared by a team of inter-agency resource professionals, and approved by the Conservation Commission in 2008.

Think you've spotted a bear in your part of Missouri? Please send us details of your sighting.

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