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'Glen Bearian' spotted in Glendale tree

The Twitterverse’s most beloved bruin is at it again.

The bear affectionately known to his social media fans as both “Glen Bearian” and “Meatball” was spotted in a Glendale tree in the 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard just before dawn on Sunday, California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said. He remained snoozing in the branches at 11 a.m.

“Our plan is to tranquilize him when he’s got one or two paws on the ground and thinks about running away,” Hughan said, noting that Glendale police first responded to the report of a large black bear lounging in a tree behind a restaurant. “We’ve got three game wardens waiting. We’ll stay all day and all night if we have to.”

Local residents, news media and helicopters should stay away — or be very, very quiet, Hughan said. If Glen Bearian spots people, he won’t climb down.

“He’ll just stay up there, watching,” Hughan said. “He doesn't care."

Frequent sightings (and subsequent Twitter pictures) of the bear around the Glendale area have propelled him into viral celebrity. His prolific online personality @TheGlendaleBear — Sarah Aujero, 28, a local resident, is the owner of the Twitter handle — has attracted more than 24,000 followers, who often retweet his snarky musings and weekend plans.

On the eve of his most recent sighting, Glen Bearian tweeted: "So, whose pool should I poop in today? Lookin at you, La Crescenta..."

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