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Meatball-eating bear back in Glendale, La Crescenta, picks orange

March 16, 2012 | 10:57 am

 Trash cans are turning into nightly dinner buffets for the big black bear that continues to visit the Glendale and La Crescenta areas.  

After a meal of meatballs and tuna Wednesday night, the bear apparently wished to add fruit to his diet, plucking an orange from a tree late Thursday, authorities said. The 250-pound beast was spotted twice for the second consecutive day.

Sgt. Darrel McEntarffer said the bear was seen roaming through the 3800 block of Forest Glen Drive in La Crescenta around 8 p.m. Authorities say that at one point the bear mounted a vehicle, and later plucked an orange from a tree, before scampering toward Park Vista Drive about a mile down the road. About 9 p.m. the bear was spotted again, this time rummaging through trash cans, police said.

Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said that authorities “hazed” the bear by blipping sirens at it, while a helicopter shined a light on the bear from above. He said the bear ran for about two or three blocks before escaping back into the forest.

Hughan said that after two nights of bear visits, Fish and Game officials have "a plan to make a plan." Residents are adamant that authorizes do not shoot the bear, but Hughan emphasized that if the bear becomes a public safety issue, they will not hesitate to use deadly force.   

"Obviously this bear is not going to go away," Hughan said. "Hopefully we won’t have to do anything, but we might have to."

The bear was initially heard rummaging through a refrigerator in a Glendale resident’s garage early Wednesday morning. He returned to the same house Wednesday night before being spotted for the thrid and fourth times Thursday.


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