A bloody, severed body part found off an Illinois bike trail on Thanksgiving morning turned out to belong to a bear, police said.
Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the situation after someone walking on the trail reported the discovery.
Police had blocked off a portion of the bike trail intil it was determined that the body part had not belonged to a human. There was no sign of the rest of the bear.
Atkins said the mangled paw has been turned over to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in hopes of learning more about how it wound up along the bike path.