For the past 5 years, this handsome mounted black bear has lived at the Museum without a name. He is a favorite part of the Chipmunk Tour and an excellent listener when young visitors come to learn about local Native American culture. Although not fond of the part of the tour known as the “Bear Hunt” game, he patiently endures the activity and is pleased that all ends well for both hunter and bear.
Black bear sightings in central Georgia are rare. The Museum’s bear was killed illegally by poachers in Jones County. A generous businessman in Milledgeville had the bear professionally preserved to be used in an exhibit for area schools to promote conservation. The bear then spent a number of years in a local science class before finding a home at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum.
After five years of anonymity, students and staff decided the bear needs a name. The annual Literacy Fair at the Milledgeville Mall on January 26
was the perfect venue for launching the Museum’s “What Do We Call Him?” contest to select a name. Over 100 students and parents filled out entries. The contest is open to all ages, and entries may be submitted up to May 15, 2019. Each entrant participating in the contest will receive a tiny silver bear charm on a ribbon from the Museum bear.