“It’s not human, therefore Bigfoot” is not the correct way to reason through this. The paper didn’t really go there which was encouraging but the google search might get you to that idea.
Authorities are trying to determine what two young boys found when they were exploring in the woods of Lakeville.
On March 29, Sgt. Steven Leanues picked up what appears to be a decomposed foot that the boys found in the woods off Pantheon Road.
Police Chief Frank Alvilhiera sent it to the medical examiner, who determined it is not human, although it appears to have five toes.
It is very likely to be bear. This happens rather frequently. They are often first mistaken for human parts. So much so that this is mentioned in forensic anthropology books, I’ve heard.
The mix-up is so common that lectures and textbooks devoted to forensic anthropology often touch on the similar appearance of bear paws and human feet.
But, unfortunately, big-footed Bigfoots don’t leave body parts lying around in the woods or else this mystery would have been solved a LONG time ago.
UPDATE: (28-Apr-2013) More than one local paper is reporting the same story – that the foot is a bear paw. Yeah, we KNEW that. But read the piece and there is NO SOURCE. Media fail. Multiple times. Besides, who reads this? People will likely only remember the headline about a Bigfoot foot and thus, believe.