SAN BERNARDINO (CBS/AP) — Police say employees sorting trash at a Southern California recycling center made a grisly discovery: a decomposing bear claw.

Authorities say the severed claw was found in a black trash bag as it went down a conveyor belt Tuesday afternoon at Burrtec Waste Industries in San Bernardino.

“One of the employees happened to open [the bag] up because it looked suspicious on the conveyor belt, and upon doing so, pulled out a severed foot,” San Bernardino police Sgt. Gary Robertson said.

Another worker found a piece of flesh farther down the conveyor belt.

It’s unclear how long the animal’s claw had been in the bag or where it came from. The recycling center receives trash from all around San Bernardino County.

KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reported that the claw was so badly decomposed that officers initially thought it was a human foot, but a medical examiner determined otherwise.

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