The Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears’ mission is to reduce Human / Bear conflict through proactive educational outreach programs, increase public awareness about coexisting with black bears, the use of humane bear deterrents, and advocacy.
We ARE NOT an anti-hunting organization. Legally harvested Black Bears is an important population management tool, however, we cannot overemphasize that it is done in such a way that is legal, ethical, and humane.
We DO NOT support the use of dogs or baiting of Black Bears in any way.
We DO NOT support “Trophy Hunting.”
We WILL NOT be and are not an intelligence-gathering organization for Black Bear hunters.
We DO NOT advocate or support the Black Bear Diversionary Feeding Theory!
We ARE NOT the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR);
- If you are aware or suspect poaching or feeding of Black Bears, call the Georgia DNR Call the Ranger Hotline at 1-800-241-4113 (or *DNR for AT&T Mobility Customers) seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Please provide a contact number so the Game Warden can contact you if more information is needed.
- Please provide the county in which the violation occurred in. All information is strictly confidential, and you can remain anonymous.
We DO NOT BEAR MANAGE! We do not make contact with living Black Bears. We do not and will not resolve your Human / Bear Conflicts. We will educate and point out when issues arise.
We ARE NOT local or state law enforcement. If you have an emergency, dial 911.