Wildlife Sightings

Spot some local wildlife? Tell us about it!

Use the form below – including photos, if you have them – to let us know the date, time and location of your sighting (be it in the parks or in your own backyard), as well as what type of wildlife you spotted and the behavior you observed.

Your regular reports will help populate this page for the enjoyment of your community of fellow Nature lovers and the interests of our Natural Resource Management team. Thanks in advance!

Please note that while this form does collect your name and contact information, those items will not be posted with your sighting, only used in case we need to contact you for additional details.

Report Your Findings

Step 1 of 4 - Sighting Date & Time

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  • Black Bear

    Date: Jun 13, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Location: Parkman, Ohio - Forgehill Drive

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bear

    Behavior Observed:

    Just strolling along with no worries in the world.

    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks so much for sharing! I live in Parkman, so this is exciting news!

    May we use your photo for our bear program? People always get a kick out of seeing local Geauga bears!

    If so, please email it to me at jkolar@geaugaparkdistrict.org

    Thanks so much,


    Chief Naturalist

    Geauga Park District

  • Bald Eagles

    Date: May 06, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Location: Across from Kinsman Road River access off Rt. 87

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Bald Eagles

    Behavior Observed:

    First sighting in the trees across from river access parking lot. The Eagles took flight and circled high in the air. Joined by up to 4 other birds, one of which may have also been an eagle. A short in-flight attack occurred twice by one of the small birds towards one of the Bald Eagles.

  • Gray Fox

    Date: Apr 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Location: The West Woods

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Grey Fox

    Behavior Observed:

    A full grown fox was standing in the marshy, open area along the driveway. He stood about 30′ from the drive, staring at us, before wandering off into the thicket.

    Naturalist's Response

    Gray Fox

    (Gray Fox photo, Ohio Division Of Wildlife)

    Thanks for sharing your sighting!

    Though they’re spotted much less frequently than their cousins the Red Fox and Coyote, Gray/Grey Fox do live in woodlands and open brush land in northeast Ohio.

    (Locally, a roadkill fox was collected on SOM Center Road in 2018.)

    We’ll put up a trail camera and see what it spots!

    -Naturalist Chris Mentrek

  • Beaver

    Date: Apr 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Location: The Maple Highlands Trail

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Beaver

    Behavior Observed:

    While looking out from one of the covered bridges, we spotted a beaver swimming downstream, away from us. He moved lazily and eventually swam out of view around a bend in the river.

  • Foxes

    Date: Apr 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Location: my back yard in Gates Mills

    Wildlife Seen: 5 Fox

    Behavior Observed:

    Found a fox den on my property. 5 pups come out to play when it’s warm. I’ve seen Momma Fox trotting through the yard looking for food too!

    Naturalist's Response

    Wow, thanks for the wildlife sighting.

    Fox pups are so adorable. You’re so lucky to get a chance to watch them.

    I will tell you that the mother fox will relocate the den several times to protect the young from predators, so enjoy them while you can!

    -Naturalist Denise Wolfe

  • Muskrat

    Date: Apr 08, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Muskrat

    Behavior Observed:

    We disturbed him as we walked next to the marsh. He was right next to the path and just swam off a few feet, then stopped to eat some greens.

  • Bald Eagle

    Date: Apr 03, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Location: Route 528 just north of 88

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Bald Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    The bird was in an old corn field about 50 yards off the road.

  • Bald Eagles

    Date: Apr 04, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Location: My property in Parkman, Ohio

    Wildlife Seen: 2 Bald Eagles

    Behavior Observed:

    Building nest

  • Juvenile Bald Eagle

    Date: Mar 22, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Location: My backyard/field on Stafford Road

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Juvenile Eagle

    Behavior Observed:

    Eating a dead groundhog

    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks for the sighting.

    Yes, eagles will eat carrion when they find it.

    Naturalist Denise Wolfe

  • Beaver

    Date: Mar 08, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Location: The Rookery

    Wildlife Seen: 1 Beaver

    Behavior Observed:

    Swimming to its lodge. Watched it circle one stump, then swim quickly to another near its lodge and dive down.