The mystery surrounding a bear carcass that was found without its head and paws earlier this month has been solved.

An enforcement supervisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Fort Frances said a man admitted he took the parts from a road-kill bear on Highway 71.

"There was a fella who gave us a call and said he was responsible for taking some bear parts off an animal he found in that area," Kevin Elliot said.

"So we had conservation officers interview that fella. Turns out it was the same bear. As a result of the investigation, we decided that it was not necessary to lay charges."

The bear parts will be destroyed, Elliot said.

He noted a permit from the MNR is needed to take a road-kill animal for personal use.