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After 'paws' for thought, detached hand found to be not human

The “hand” found on a B.C. beach turned out to be a bear paw, RCMP announced on Thursday afternoon.

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.

 
 
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