A mysterious grizzly bear carcass was found on a Whatcom County beach last week, shocking professionals who still aren’t sure how it ended up there.

The rare sighting is raising many questions of what happened to the bear, how it was injured and how it ended up on the shore of a beach north of the Cherry Point refinery.

The Herald has done some research for you about just how rare this sighting is, if grizzly bears may become more prominent in our county and what you need to know.

Grizzly bears used to have a population of 100,000 across Alaska to Mexico, but have now declined by about 99%, leaving an approximate 1,600 bears outside of Alaska, according to the Washington State University Bear Center, part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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