The “hand” found on a B.C. beach turned out to be a bear paw, RCMP announced on Thursday afternoon.
A man walking along the shoreline at Kulleet Bay near Ladysmith made the discovery at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday and phoned police.
With the assistance of the B.C. Coroner's Service, it was determined that the remains are that of a bear.
Cpl. Darren Lagan said that in situations such as this, police proceed as if the remains are human until proven otherwise.
“In this case, the assistance of a Simon Fraser University anthropologist was utilized to determine the species of the remains, a task often requiring expert analysis,” Lagan said in a release.
The supposed hand grabbed a lot of attention because six detached feet have been found washed ashore on B.C. beaches in just over a year.