Smokey Bear Frolicking in a Pool, by Schroeder, Francine, c. 1950s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, The original Smokey Bear frolicking in a pool at the National Zoological Park. Smokey Bear was brought by the U.S. Forest Service from New Mexico in June of 1950 after being burned as a cub from a forest fire that swept through a portion of the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey Bear served as a living symbol of the Smokey Bear forest fire prevention program..