“The Legend of Bear Paw”

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The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office recently investigated an unusual case involving a bear paw.
The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office recently investigated an unusual case involving a bear paw.

There has been quite an unusual rumor making its way around social media websites involving a human hand and other body parts being found in Sheridan County. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more on what can now be called the "Legend of Bear Paw”.


In the past, urban legends sprouted from conversations at places such as the barber shop or the local diner. However, these days it's all about Facebook, Twitter and text messaging to fuel the gossip train.

One recent rumor to have made its way around Sheridan County is that of a human hand that was found on Bird Farm Road. Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier says that there was indeed something found, but a human hand it was not.

Hofmeier believes that if used correctly, social media can be a valuable tool for law enforcement, with the key word being “if”.

So while Facebook and the like can be a good way to keep up with friends and family near and far, it may not be the best avenue from which to get your information, if that info is more fiction than fact.

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