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Morrisey stands with 18-year-old Miranda Ware, who harvested the bear. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Attorney General's office. Morrisey stands with 18-year-old Miranda Ware, who harvested the bear. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Attorney General's office.
Officials in Morrisey's office noticed Aug. 5 that the older bear's paw was missing. The new bear will join this one. Officials in Morrisey's office noticed Aug. 5 that the older bear's paw was missing. The new bear will join this one.
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Weeks after a taxidermied bear was vandalized, the West Virginia Attorney General's office has a new bear that will be on display.

The new bear, a 200-pound sow, will be on display in the east wing rotunda in front of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office.

The bear was harvested by 18-year-old Miranda Ware. Ware along with the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association are loaning the bear for one year, according to a news release from Morrisey's office.

Next year, the association hopes to loan a different bear, the news release states.

This bear will join another taxidermied black bear that was vandalized earlier this month. Officials in Morrisey's office noticed Aug. 5 that the bear's paw was missing. Some even suspected that whoever cut off the paw had worked on it for a long time; however, nothing has yet been confirmed.

There are no surveillance cameras in the area where the vandalism took place and the West Virginia Capitol police are investigating.

Morrisey spokeswoman Beth Ryan said this bear isn't going anywhere and they are planning to fix it.

Morrisey released the following statement about the new bear:

"It is wonderful to have another bear representing our Office and standing proud in the halls of our beautiful Capitol," Morrisey said in the release. "It is fitting that the state's animal is a black bear because they are strong, resourceful and noble. And we are honored that Miranda Ware, her family and the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association would be willing to loan this bear to us so that the entire state can marvel in her beauty."