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Severed Bear Claw Discovered At Recycling Plant

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It's not the breakfast type of "bear claw" you might be thinking about. Employees at a San Bernardino recycling plant found a severed bear claw inside a suspicious-looking black trash bag moving down a conveyor belt on Tuesday afternoon.

The claw that was discovered at Burtec Waste Industries was so decomposed at that at first authorities had mistaken it for a human foot, but the medical examiner has since confirmed it belongs to a bear, according to CBS Los Angeles. Another employee found a piece of flesh on the conveyor belt.

Authorities do not have any details about where the bear claw came from or how it got there. “Burrtec picks up waste and recyclables from all over the county so the foot could have come from anywhere," police Sgt. Gary Robertson told the San Bernardino Sun