City continues search for missing bear paw, plans replacement for memorial sculpture

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The search continues for a paw that went missing from a bear sculpture recently installed at Fish Creek Community Forest, though a replacement is already being crafted by the carver.

The sculpture originally stood by the old visitor centre at the site of the new festival plaza. It was placed at Fish Creek last month during improvements to the park entrance and to memorialize 22-year-old Amanda Black, who was murdered earlier this year.

"Friends and family of Amanda Black reached out to the city about creating a memorial for her,” said city spokesman Ryan Harvey

"The original paw was fairly degraded and needed to be replaced so they did that and added the cub. Unfortunately we've lost its paw and haven't been able to find it," he said, noting a bear cub was also added to the sculpture.

If the paw is not found, a replacement is already being crafted by the carver, Harvey said. There is currently no date for a formal unveiling.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts on the missing paw should call the city at 250-787-8150.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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