A three-pawed grizzly bear missing its right front paw is making appearances at Denali National Park and Preserve.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the grizzly was first spotted last summer. He’s been seen regularly near the park entrance for the last three weeks.
Park wildlife biologist Pat Owen says the bear keeps the stump off the ground as he runs and the wound appears to have healed.
No one knows how the bear lost its paw.
Owen says people speculate that the bear got its paw caught in a snare meant for a wolf.
Owen says it’s a really clean cut across the lower half of its leg and that leads her to believe the wound may not be from a trap accident.