Carnage at the old Washington Park Zoo

I was doing research on something else today when I came across a Milwaukee Public Library blog post from October 2015 about a whole slew of bear deaths/killings in a mixed species/order exhibit at the old Washington Park Zoo from 1932-1935.

Here’s that MPL post if you’re interested in reading more:

 http://mpl.org/blog/now/black-bear-black-bear-why-do-you-drown

The zoo director always seemed to be conveniently out of town when the horrifying attacks occurred. Hmmmm. And I have to wonder how well his “bears will be bears” nonchalance would go over with the public today.

It’s always amazing to stumble across stories like this that bring history to life in a new way.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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4 Responses to Carnage at the old Washington Park Zoo

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    Fascinating and horrific story. I’ve heard that polar bears are the least friendly of the bear family.

    Like

  2. Pingback: The Milwaukee (Library) Lion | Katherine Wikoff

  3. Rose says:

    Very interesting…I never heard that story. Milwaukee had a different landscape back in those
    days from what we know now.

    Liked by 1 person

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