San Juan Journal: Bear remains found on Matia Island | by HAYLEY DAY | Mon Aug 13th, 2018 9:27am
For the second time in almost a year, a bear was found in the San Juan Islands.
This time, it was only its remains.
At around 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, county officials found the bones of a bear on Matia Island, which is an outer island of the San Juans. They suspect the bear drowned and most likely did not make it to land and live on the islands.
According to Randy Gaylord, the county coroner, an 11-year-old boy, visiting with his family from Montana, reported possible human bones while kayaking. The boy thought he saw a human rib, hand bones and a skull tangled in kelp along the water line of a rock near Matia. That’s why the coroner and county sheriff were called.
However, Gaylord said mistaking the species bones makes sense.
“Bear claws are very similar to human hands,” he said, “but, of course, the skull is very different.”