Missing bear returned
to front porch
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
A carved wooden bear that had been
a welcoming mascot in front of the Country Cousin store in Ketchum was
returned last week after a year-long hibernation.
Sue and Jerry Williams,
managers of Country Cousin in Ketchum, found a mid-February surprise
on their doorstep last week when a wooden bear that had been stolen from
in front of the store was returned wearing a sweater, gloves and a jock
strap. Express photo by
The bear, wrapped in a bed sheet
and wearing a jock strap, sweater and mittens, appeared on the front
porch of the store on Monday, Feb. 23, said Jerry Williams, who helps
his wife, Sue, manage the store.
The bear had been missing since
last winter, when it was stolen from its front-porch post.
"It was hilarious," said Jerry
Williams, addressing the accouterments adorning the bear. "It was
Williams said someone called last
week to anonymously report that he knew where the bear was and that it
had been arranged to have it returned.
The bear, a long-standing Sun
Valley Road watchman, is back at its post and will welcome shoppers into
the store, Williams said.