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Another bear sighting in Glendale prompts warnings

August 15, 2011 |  9:37 am

Bear spotted in Glendale

Glendale officials are warning residents to secure their trash and recycling bins until the morning of pickup after a bear was spotted Friday morning eating trash in a neighborhood near the 210 Freeway.

The bear was spotted at the foot of Verdugo Mountains near Honolulu Avenue and the freeway at about 1 a.m., police told the Glendale News-Press.

This isn't the first time bears have been spotted in residential neighborhoods. A bear reportedly ate four backyard chickens at a home in La Cañada Flintridge in May, and another sighting was reported in the same area.

The sightings prompted California Department of Fish and Game officials to hold a community meeting to address concerns that the bears posed a threat to residents.

Wildlife officials at the time said they would not relocate the bears because they did not pose an imminent threat, and blamed post-Station fire conditions for driving them down into urban areas.

Glendale officials sent out a citywide notice Friday night reminding residents to secure their garbage to discourage foraging.

To report a bear sighting in Glendale, officials advised residents to contact police, or to call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151.

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Photo: This bear was spotted in May making its way back toward Angeles National Forest. Credit: John Peterson

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