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Bear killed by vehicle near Piru not from Glendale

April 30, 2012 |  2:51 pm

A 300-pound black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle two miles east of Piru over the weekend, but Fish and Game officials confirmed Monday that it was not the meatball-loving bear from Glendale.

"We know it’s not Glen Bearian because it weighted 100 pounds less," said spokesman Andrew Hughan. "We would know if it was him because he has a big bright orange '210' ear tag." 

The incident occurred about 7 a.m. Sunday morning on Highway 126, according to Hughan, who said there were car "parts everywhere" at the scene, but the driver did not stop. He said motorists are not required to call in such incidents, adding that car crashes that kill bears are not uncommon at this time of year.

"They’re coming out of their winter napping and they’re looking for food," Hughan said. “The bears are most active in the morning, and unfortunately they don’t react nearly fast enough to get out of the way of a car … We get probably half a dozen [accidents] a year around the state."

Hughan said this bear was the victim of a "simple car crash" and was "returned back to nature" by game wardens, where its body will decompose.

Meanwhile on Twitter, Bearian appeared to be enjoying himself Sunday, dancing in the forest and tweeting that he has "the moves like Jagbear," a reference to a popular Maroon 5 song.


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