Authorities have determined remains found in a Jackson  County ditch Wednesday evening are those of a bear.

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area  along CR 400N around 7:30 p.m.after it was reported what appeared to be decomposed human remains were found in a ditch.

Following an examination by a forensic anthropologist, it was determined the  remains were not human and belonged to a bear.

It is unknown how the remains got there.