The Anishinabek Police Service is investigating after a dead bear was found at Fort William First Nation with its paws removed.

Acting Sergeant Robert Pelletier said on Wednesday a woman reported seeing the bear carcass on the side of Squaw Bay Road near an unofficial dump in the community.

When police went to investigate, Pelletier said "all four paws were removed by what I believe was a saw."

"It's not something we like to see," he added.

Police removed the bear and are working with the Ministry of Natural Resources to determine the how it died and what happened to its paws.

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A CBC file photo of a bear with its paws removed. Last year the Ministry of Natural Resources reported a man claimed responsibility for removing parts of a road-kill bear in May 2013. No charges were laid in the matter. On Wednesday a woman reported seeing a bear carcass on the side of Squaw Bay Road near an unofficial dump in Fort William First Nation. When police went to investigate, all four paws appeared to have been removed with a saw. (File photo)