6/11 ***Update: The bear is now home safely after employees with the State Highway Administration discovered it in a ditch. New Germany State Park staff extend a huge thank you to all who helped spread the word!***
When staff arrived to work at New Germany State Park on June 6, they discovered the park’s bear statue had gone missing. The chainsaw-carved bear that once stood at the entrance welcoming visitors had apparently been stolen overnight.
The carving (pictured) was donated to the park in 2010 by a local artist named John “Sacco” Carter. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 1-800-825-PARK or 1-410-260-8888.