Welcome! MassBears is a research project in collaboration with MassWildlife, the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Amherst College, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We are studying black bears in Massachusetts to estimate population size and distribution, and provide other information about bear movement and conflict with humans. This information will help managers make scientifically-informed decisions about managing black bears across the state.

** Quick note, we are a research project so if for some reason you need assistance on how to deal with a bear in your backyard etc., you should contact the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife at 508-389-6300 or Environmental Police Dispatch at 800-632-8075.