Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 20th, 2007
When the foot was initially found, it was thought to be human. Then the sheriff announced that the Virginia state medical examiners’ office had determined that the foot was not human but that it belonged to “an apelike species.”Then the speculation began that it could be the Foot of Bigfoot.
Then the state medical examiner’s office began backtracking, stating that they never said it was from “an apelike species.”
Well, now it looks like the official word is in and the foot belonged to a bear, not a human or Bigfoot.
As Tom Biscardi is using the image of the foot on his website to compare to his Hand of Unknown Origin, I wonder what the reaction there will be?
Mystery solved: Foot belonged to bear
The foot mystery is solved.
The foot found Feb. 10 at a Spotsylvania County landfill is the hind foot of a bear.
That was the conclusion reached by the Virginia medical examiner’s office, which contacted the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office this morning with the news.
That brings to an end the sometimes intense speculation about the 8.5-inch foot found at the Livingston Landfill by workers cleaning the treads of a bulldozer.
At first it was thought to be a human’s left foot. Spotsylvania emergency personnel spent hours picking through about 127 tons of trash at the landfill to find more of the body.
Then the word came back from the state lab that it was an “apelike species.”
But primate experts around the country looked at the foot and decided it wasn’t an ape. That led to speculation that it belonged to Bigfoot.
Many people had previously determined that it was indeed a bear’s foot.
Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard Smith said the state lab reached that same conclusion after doing further forensic work and consulting with an anthropologist.
Smith said authorities suspect that a taxidermist dumped the foot after skinning it and cutting off the claws. There was no hair on the foot, and it had been cleanly sawed off.
Wendy Christensen-Senk, who is a taxidermist at the Milwaukee Public Museum, concluded it was a black bear after seeing photos. She said bear feet are often mistaken as human after they’re skinned and declawed.
Smith said the foot will be kept at the Virginia state lab for training purposes. He said the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office now considers it a closed case. Bill Freehling
The Free Lance-Star
Is the story over, or has it really just begun?