Report a Sighting

To report sightings or incidents involving wolves, cougars, black bears, or grizzly bears, see each section below for more information on where and how to report. If you discover a suspected poaching violation, please call the Poaching Hotline below for Washington, Idaho, or British Columbia.

Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife

WA Poaching Hotline:
800-447-6224
or 509-456-4101
See information below
Idaho Department
of Fish and Game

ID Poaching Hotline:
800-632-5999
or 208-769-1414
See information below
British Columbia, Canada
Sighting Hotline:
855-GO-GRIZZ
855-464-7499
See More Information

 


Report sightings and poaching violations in WA and ID

Wolf

If you encounter a wolf, or any animal that is displaying habituated behavior (not afraid of people) please report sighting and details to the Washington Wolf Reporting Hotline: 877-933-9847In an emergency call 911. WA Poaching Hotline: 800-447-6224 or 509-456-4101 • ID Poaching Hotline: 800-632-5999 or 208-769-1414.

Cougar

If you are reporting a sighting, please click here to become knowledgable about what actions you should take. In an emergency call 911. In an emergency call 911. WA Poaching Hotline: 800-447-6224 or 509-456-4101 • ID Poaching Hotline: 800-632-5999 or 208-769-1414.

Black Bear

If you need to report an incident, please notify your local Washington or Idaho State Patrol Office or the nearest Washington or Idaho ranger station. For more information on bear safety, click hereIn an emergency call 911. In an emergency call 911. WA Poaching Hotline: 800-447-6224 or 509-456-4101 • ID Poaching Hotline: 800-632-5999 or 208-769-1414.

Grizzly Bear

With grizzly bears so rare in Washington and Idaho, every grizzly bear observation is important and quick reporting is critical. Observations by recreationalists in the North Cascades and Selkirks are an important part of monitoring for these iconic creatures. Read below on who you should contact if you see a grizzly bear or signs of grizzly bear. To report grizzly bear poaching: WA Poaching Hotline: 800-447-6224 or 509-456-4101 • ID Poaching Hotline: 800-632-5999 or 208-769-1414.

If you believe you have seen a grizzly bear: 

  1. Note location and time of day.
  2. Determine which identifying characteristics lead you to believe you saw a grizzly bear.
  3. Report your observation as quickly as possible to any or all of the authorities below.

If you come across grizzly bear tracks: 

  1. Be careful not to disturb them.
  2. Take photographs of the track with an object of known dimensions or a small ruler.
  3. Make a note of the specific location so that someone can return to verify them.
  4. If possible, protect the tracks by covering them with light branches or other material and/or a bucket or tarp weighed down at the corners. Rain, wind, sun, or snow can quickly destroy tracks, leaving biologists nothing to see on a follow-up visit.

Who should I contact if I see a grizzly bear or its sign?

There are several reporting options, but quick reporting is critical – please use whichever option is most convenient. If possible, please contact each of the organizations below.

  • Please be as specific as possible in your message about the location and time of the observation.
  • What exactly did you see (e.g. a single bear, family group, a grizzly bear plant dig, a carcass)?
  • Let us know if you took photographs or measurements.
  • What made you think that it was a grizzly bear or grizzly bear field sign?
  • Remember to give your full name and telephone number.

What information should I provide?

Please see Bear identification for more information on how to identify a grizzly bear and tell the difference between a grizzly bear and their black bear cousins.

Many thanks for your cooperation!