Stuffed Bear Outside W.Va. AG's Office Vandalized

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Capitol police are investigating the vandalism of a stuffed bear that sits outside the Attorney General's Office.

Attorney general spokeswoman Beth Ryan says that someone cut off part of the bear's left paw. Ryan says a receptionist noticed the damage last Tuesday and filed a report with Capitol police.

She says there aren't any security cameras monitoring the hallway outside the office.

State law prohibits possessing a bear or bear parts unless the animal was killed during hunting season and registered with the Division of Natural Resources.

DNR training officer Lt. Tim Coleman says there's no expiration date on possession of bear parts, so the law would apply to a bear that's been stuffed.

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