The black Bear
was designated as New Mexico's official state animal in 1963. In fact, a group of Zuni firefighters along with other pueblo firefighters found and rescued an injured bear cub after a massive 1950's forest fire in the Lincoln National forest near Capitan, NM. This little cub went on to be adopted as Smokey Bear, a living symbol of fire prevention. Herbert Halate's bear can be inspirational like that sweet cub from back in the day. It's carved from jet with turquoise eyes set to a turned head. Measurements are about 2 3/4" long, 1 3/8" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
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