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Los Osos bear statue is vandalized again

The bear statue on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos is missing part of its snout after a vandal struck sometime Wednesday night. The statue's control panel was also damaged.
The bear statue on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos is missing part of its snout after a vandal struck sometime Wednesday night. The statue's control panel was also damaged.

The Los Osos bear statue on South Bay Boulevard has been vandalized again.

About six inches of the bear’s snout was knocked off sometime Wednesday night. Several weeks ago the solar panel that provided night lighting was stolen.

In the latest incident, the control panel attached to the back of the bear’s platform also was smashed.

All of the vandalism has been reported to the Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made.

“What is particularly offensive is that it took a great deal of special effort to commit these acts because there is nothing surrounding the bear except low shrubbery, with no parking and no direct access,” said Mimi Kalland, a volunteer coordinator of Celebrate Los Osos, the organization that led an effort to refurbish the bear a few years ago.

Celebrate Los Osos and the Rotary Club of Los Osos help maintain the statue and another bear statue located along Los Osos Valley Road.

An anonymous donor has offered to put up a $1,000 award for anyone who provides information leading to the person or people responsible for the crime, Kalland said.

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