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Smokey bear is a mascot of the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) primarily directed at educating the public on the dangers of forest fires and the importance of fire control. While the Forest Service claims that the original Smokey Bear was a cub rescued from a New Mexico fire in 1950, the character was originally drawn and conceptualized by illustrator Albert Staehle for the USDA in 1944, following a number of experimental campaigns using woodland creatures and fearful images of devastating flames. The character was then redesigned for posters and countless uses by Rudy Wendelin, an employee of the USDA. A happy figure resembling a big teddy bear, Smokey Bear is a friendly inhabitant of the forest who asks children ...

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