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Meatball-loving bear returns to Glendale for weekend visit

April 9, 2012 |  3:24 pm

Meatball-loving bear returns to Glendale for weekend visit

A black bear with a hankering for meatballs returned to a north Glendale hillside neighborhood over the weekend -- and it wasn't even trash day.

This time, the bear wasn't pawing through trash cans or getting into people's refrigerators. He was spotted at 2:50 a.m. Saturday in yards on the 3700 block of Cedarbend Drive and again at 6 a.m. on the 3900 block of Forestglen Drive by a newspaper delivery man, said Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles.

"He's getting more and more bold," Suttles told the Glendale News-Press, adding that when officers arrived on the scene both times, the bear was gone.

The bear tends to run away when it sees people, according to California Department of Fish and Game officials who have been monitoring the bear, believed to weigh about 250 pounds.

The bear was first spotted in March eating Costco meatballs and tuna from a refrigerator in a garage on the 3700 block of Beachglen Drive. The bear has returned to the neighborhood, which sits along the Verdugo Mountains just south of the 210 Freeway, several times. Fish and Game officials are patrolling the area every day, spokesman Andrew Hughan said.

"We're not hunting it. We're continuing to monitor it," Hughan said. "We don't want to harm the bear if we don't have to."

Residents have expressed concern about the bear in recent weeks, but after the Saturday sighting one resident said she pitied the animal.

"He's just hungry," resident Joan Hearley said. "I feel sorry for it."

Resident Frank Cassin said he liked having the bear around.

"I think it's cool because it's a bear. Nobody has bears," Cassin said, adding that he wasn't afraid of it coming into his yard because it's fenced off.

Meanwhile, the bear -- at least its Twitter alter ego Glen Bearian -- is continuing to entertain his nearly 300 followers.

"Don't feed the bears," he tweeted over the weekend. "Just feed this one bear."


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-- Brittany Levine, Times Community News

Photo: A black bear has been spotted in various neighborhoods in Glendale over the last month. Credit: KTLA-TV