BEAR by E.B.Cox
This sculpture is a few steps away from Bill Lishman's GOAT... see previous post.
I can't find much about the sculptor, Elford Bradley Cox, other than he was a respected Canadian artist born in Botha, Alberta, in 1914 and died in 2003 at the age of 89. Many of his sculptures were carved out of blocks of solid limestone, like this one.
BEAR is part of the Sculpture Walk installed near the Art Gallery in the early eighties.