It was a rare discovery that had some people fearing the worst.
But officials now confirm it was a bear’s paw, not a human hand, that was discovered on the Lethbridge landfill on May 16.
RCMP were called to the positioning shortly before 10 a.m. after an worker reported the invention.
The landfill area of the Lethbridge Waste and Recycling Centre was closed for several hours as members of the RCMP forensic unit investigated and seized what they believed to be a bear’s paw.
It was sent to the health worker in Calgary, who later confirmed the RCMP’s belief.
Global News has reached out to Alberta Fish and Wildlife to ask whether an investigation is underway into how and why the bear’s paw ended up within the landfill.