When a dog retrieved what first appeared to be a child's foot, authorities in the Russellville area were understandably upset. The foot was examined by a doctor, who confirmed that it came from a child. However, further tests revealed it was most likely from a bear cub.
We have had a number of incidents about bears in North Alabama recently. Here's some links to other articles.
Bear Killed in Athens, Alabama
Captive-born bear dumped in Bankhead National Forest