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Baklava bear may have returned for Glendale trash day

June 22, 2012 |  2:28 pm

Approximate location of bear shown in black.

A 300-pound black bear with a taste for Middle Eastern food may have returned to Chevy Chase Canyon for more Thursday night before being chased out, police said.

Residents reported seeing the bear about 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of East Chevy Chase Drive — the same spot where a bear was spotted in May digging through trash and snacking on chicken, rice and baklava.

Much like their response in May, Glendale police on Thursday used an air horn to scare the hulking intruder into a nearby hillside. The bear was spotted a few minutes later walking through a yard and turning over a trash can in the 3900 block of Buckingham Road, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

About 40 minutes after that, a motorist spotted the bear walking on the street in the 3900 block of Linda Vista Road.

Residents told police they saw the same bear Wednesday night.

Officers didn’t notice any ear tags on the bear, which would have indicated it was the same meatball-loving bear that caused a ruckus earlier this year over the course of several visits to North Glendale.

That bear eventually was tranquilized and relocated deep within Angeles National Forest. The bear has assumed a human-run twitter handle and uses the pseudonym “Glen Bearian.”   

State Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said he did not believe the most recent ursine was Glen Bearian because of how deep in the forest they took him.

“Glen Bearian is not going to be coming back to Glendale,” Hughan said. “The chances of him making a return would be an Olympic feat.”


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-- Veronica Rocha and Matt Stevens

Imave: Approximate location of bear shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.