Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

A tribute to a big ol’ bear

Visitors to the West Virginia Wildlife Center during the 1980s and early 1990s undoubtedly remember Jack, a black bear big enough to qualify for his own ZIP code.

Jack loved to eat junk food and drink pop, both of which visitors to the center were all too happy to provide. He grew large on the rich diet. In his prime, he was estimated to weigh as much as 700 pounds.

Now, thanks to the efforts of concerned volunteers, Jack’s memory will live on. A taxidermist mounted the great bear’s hide, and the mount now occupies an exhibit in the center’s gift shop.