In this photo from May 1962, a bear cub eludes capture in downtown Olympia. The cub was on its way to be displayed at the Tumwater Falls Park when it escaped, after having its photograph taken. The chase led into an insurance office in the Hotel Olympian where it surprised salesman Walter Olsen before finally being captured. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. More information is available at