Bears are prowling Columbia County. Stuffed bears. Pictures of bears. Bruins of all descriptions.
The break from hibernation is part of a worldwide movement to give children something to do during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
The idea is that by placing stuffed bears and other animals in the windows of homes and businesses, children can go on “bear hunt” walks or drives in their neighborhoods.
Blake Harrell of Magnolia has created a Bear Hunt map of locations where bears may be spotted.
People who put bears in their windows have been encouraged to take photographs and post them on social media, using the tag #magnoliabearhunt .