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Wildlife Observation
Notice: This form may be completed by individuals who desire to report observations of certain wildlife species of interest to the DNR's Bureau of Wildlife Management. Completion of this form is voluntary. Information collected is used for wildlife monitoring, research, and management purposes and is not intended for any other purposes. Personally identifiable information collected on this form will be used to process your submission and may be used by DNR staff to contact you to follow up. Information may also be provided to requesters as required under Wisconsin's Public Records Law [ss. 19.31 - 19.39, Wis. Stats.].

Instructions: Fill out the form as completely as possible and attach photo or video files if available. Indicate the specific location of the observation by clicking the location on the map. When finished, click the submit button to complete the form. Observations of other rare, native plant and animal species may be submitted as part of Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Program. Sick or dead wildlife should be reported to the DNR Wildlife Hotline by emailing or calling 608-267-0866 and leaving a detailed message.
Observation Detail
* indicates a required field
Type of Observation

Number of animals observed*  
Observation Date*
Observation Time
Describe your encounter including what the animal(s) looked like, the behavior of the animal(s) and the habitat you observed them in. (3000 character limit)*
General comments
Photo(s) & Video(s)
If you would like to submit photos or videos to accompany your observation, please select up to three photos or videos here. If you need to remove a photo or video after it has been selected, click on the photo or video you’d like to remove and select ‘cancel’ from the file finder.
Please Upload your attachments:

Do you give DNR permission to potentially display your photo(s) or video(s) for educational purposes such as on the public DNR website or in public presentations?
Observer Detail
Personally identifiable information collected on this form will be used to process your submission and may be used to contact you if DNR staff need to follow up with you to confirm your observation.
First Name*
Last Name*
Organization, if any
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx)  
Observer's background
Location Detail*
Click on the location of map where animal observation is reported
Note: Exact locations of observations may be sensitive and therefore such information provided here is intended only for internal data purposes. Location information provided here may be shared publicly for educational purposes, but exact locations will be at a reduced scale (such as township, nearest city, or county level) per DNR policy to protect privacy and wildlife.