Foot found at Pa. dog club ruled to be bear, not human

Posted: August 5, 2014 - 4:01am


THOMASVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a severed foot found by a south-central Pennsylvania man at a dog club was from a bear, probably left behind after a hunter prepared an animal's remains in the field.

The York Dispatch reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1s4H8Qf ) that police and the coroner made the determination after consulting with experts.

The paper says Bryan Grove's dogs at the York and Adams Beagle Club ran right past the foot last week, but he noticed it and contacted police.

Coroner Claude Stabley says he measured the foot and sent a photo to a forensic pathologist at Mercyhurst University in Erie, who said it's a bear paw with claws removed.

Stabley says the call is about the fourth time in two months he's been summoned to examine bones that ended up being nonhuman.