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Furbearer Sighting Surveys

Furbearers (fisher, bobcat, otter, weasel)

The Bureau of Wildlife wants to learn more about the occurrence and distribution of various furbearers throughout New York. Visit the Furbearers page to read profiles for various species, including physical traits and tips for identifying them. There are three options for reporting your observations:


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Upstate New York - report sightings of bobcat, otter, fisher, and weasel in DEC Regions 3 through 9

Long Island / New York City - report sightings of beaver, gray fox, otter, weasel, mink, coyote, and skunk in DEC Regions 1 and 2

By E-mail:

Send an e-mail to us with the species observed, number of animals seen, town, county, location description, and contact information in case we need to reach you. Please leave "Furbearer Sighting Survey" in the subject heading.

By Phone:

DEC Regional Wildlife Offices
DEC Region Phone Number Counties
1/2 (631) 444-0311 Nassau, Suffolk, New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond)
3 (845) 256-3088 Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester
4 (518) 357-2158 Montgomery, Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Greene, Rensselaer and Columbia
5 (518) 623-1242 Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Saratoga, and Washington
6 (315) 785-2534 Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Oneida, and Herkimer
7 (607) 753-3095 x247 Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, and Tompkins
8 (607) 776-2165 x16 Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates
9 (716) 372-0645 Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming