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Second Mercer Bear Damaged

Another one of the fiberglass Mercer bears has gone into hibernation.

The bear formerly stationed at Orange and Forsyth streets was removed earlier this month due to damage.

Jonathan Dye, communications director of Macon Arts, said county parks and recreation staff noticed the damage just after New Year's Day.

He said there were cracks around the base of each foot and a long crack through the center of the base. By email, Dye wrote that he believes the damage was accidental.

The bear is being stored by Bibb County Parks and Recreation until the damage can be fixed.

By email, Dye wrote that the damage appears to be minimal and could be repaired.

So far, there is no estimate of the cost, he said.

For more than a year, the bright blue bear stood guard at the basketball courts at Macon's Daisy Park.

It's one of six fiberglass bears put in place in October 2011, part of the College Hill Bear Trail.

That's a public-art project aimed at connecting the Mercer campus and the downtown.

In November 2011, two Mercer students were charged with vandalizing a different bear, at Tattnall Square Park.

That bear was finally replaced last month, after more than a year.

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