Suspected child's foot actually from a bear

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Police in north Alabama say that tests on a foot believed to be from a young child determined that it was actually from a dead bear.

Authorities in Russellville spent two days searching for possible human remains after a dog showed up at home with what appeared to be the foot of a young child over the weekend.

But Police Chief Chris Hargett said forensics tests confirmed Thursday that the object is most likely the paw of a young bear.

He said the paw was similar enough to a human foot to fool an orthopedic surgeon who believed it was from a child.

Hargett said he's relieved that tests show no child was harmed.

But he's also baffled because there haven't been any bear sightings around the northwest Alabama town.

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