FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recently installed bear sculpture in the Fish Creek Community Forest is missing one of its paws.

The bear sculpture will be familiar to Fort St. John locals, as it used to stand outside one of the city’s landmarks.

“Originally, this bear stood in front of the old Visitor Centre, which is now the location of the Festival Plaza. The bear was missing its paw, and the carver made a replacement paw and added a cub to it,” said Communications Manager Ryan Harvey.

The sculpture that now stands at Fish Creek Community Forest serves as a memorial for Amanda Black, who was killed in February.

“This has been something that’s been going on for several months now, trying to get this all planned and organized and completed. They were hopeful to do an unveiling in the next week or so, before the snow flies.”

Harvey says it’s unclear what happened to the paw, and he’s hopeful that it was an honest accident rather than an act of vandalism.

“What we’re hoping for is that somebody was, you know, accidentally hanging off of it, broke it, and threw it into the woods. We haven’t found [the paw] yet, but we’ve had some staff looking in the area. We’re hoping it was just an honest mistake and that somebody knows something about it, as opposed to vandalism.”

If the paw doesn’t turn up, Harvey says the sculptor is local and may be able to carve a replacement paw.

Harvey says the sculpture only went up in the last week or so, and the paw was discovered missing sometime between Tuesday and Thursday.

“Know where it is? Please give us a call at 250-787-8150 or bring it to City Hall,” reads the Facebook post.