Another bear sighting in Glendale prompts warnings
Glendale officials are warning residents to secure their trash and recycling bins until the morning of pickup after a bear was spotted Friday morning eating trash in a neighborhood near the 210 Freeway.
The bear was spotted at the foot of Verdugo Mountains near Honolulu Avenue and the freeway at about 1 a.m., police told the Glendale News-Press.
This isn't the first time bears have been spotted in residential neighborhoods. A bear reportedly ate four backyard chickens at a home in La Cañada Flintridge in May, and another sighting was reported in the same area.
The sightings prompted California Department of Fish and Game officials to hold a community meeting to address concerns that the bears posed a threat to residents.
Wildlife officials at the time said they would not relocate the bears because they did not pose an imminent threat, and blamed post-Station fire conditions for driving them down into urban areas.
Glendale officials sent out a citywide notice Friday night reminding residents to secure their garbage to discourage foraging.
To report a bear sighting in Glendale, officials advised residents to contact police, or to call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151.
-- Jason Wells, Times Community News
Photo: This bear was spotted in May making its way back toward Angeles National Forest. Credit: John Peterson