BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say human bones found protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho are hundreds of years old and not connected to a crime.

The remains were discovered in April in high desert sagebrush steppe by state fish and game workers who stumbled across the bones while out on a routine patrol.

Initially authorities treated the discovery as a possible homicide, but Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said Tuesday carbon dating showed the remains were from between 1436 and 1632.