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Baklava-loving bear may be back in Glendale ahead of trash day

July 5, 2012 | 10:48 pm

A baklava-loving bear may have returned Thursday night to Chevy Chase Canyon to have a feast before trash day, authorities said. 

Residents reported seeing a black bear about 9:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Linda Vista Road -- a few blocks from where a 300-pound bear was spotted in May digging through trash and snacking on chicken, rice and baklava. That bear reappeared two weeks ago, also on a Thursday -- the night before the trash is collected in the hillside community.

Police were still trying to locate the ursine, Glendale Police Sgt. Craig Tweedy said. The California Department of Fish and Game has been notified, but unless the bear poses a danger, not much will be done.

"We will try to get it back in the hills," Tweedy said.

Residents reporting the bear said this one did not have an orange tag on its ear, which would indicate that it's unlikely to be the meatball-loving bear that made several visits to North Glendale earlier this year.

That bear eventually was tranquilized and relocated deep within Angeles National Forest. It has assumed a human-run Twitter handle and uses the pseudonym "Glen Bearian."

It took six weeks for Glen Bearian to find his way 45 miles back to the Glendale neighborhood, said Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Game spokesman.  

"Bears' sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a bloodhound," he said. "And when the weather is hot and the food starts to smell, they really come out."

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