Bear mascot.

Bear of Terror

Field review by the editors.

Macon, Georgia

We've seen plenty of angry-looking sports mascots, but none as terrifying as the Mercer bear.

Propped on a rock, claws extended to eviscerate, jaws at human head height (for gag photos) in slathering mid-roar, contorted face filled with murderous fury, the 1,800-pound Grizzly is the bronze mascot of the Mercer University Bears. Unveiled in August 2015, it was sculpted by Gregory Johnson, who earlier created the surprisingly docile-looking World's Largest Tiger for another Georgia college sports team. The Mercer Bear may be a comparative pipsqueak in size, but in rage it has no equal.

Bear of Terror

Address:
Stadium Drive, Macon, GA
Directions:
I-75 exit 163. Turn east onto Mercer University Drive, then turn left at first stoplight onto Stadium Drive. The bear will be on the right, just past the first cross-street, outside the entrance to the football stadium.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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