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Black bear contained in La Crescenta backyard

April 10, 2012 |  7:22 am

Rangers from the state Fish and Wildlife Service are en route to La Crescenta, where a black bear that has been visiting the area over the last month was contained Tuesday morning in a backyard.

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Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call about a bear sighting around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Manhattan Avenue, KTLA-TV reported.

La Crescenta station sheriff's deputies and the Glendale Police Department responded, according to sheriff's Sgt. Mark Slater.

"We did locate about a 500, 600-pound bear in this immediate area," Slater told KTLA-TV. "He's been wandering through the residential area for the last several hours."

The bear has now been contained in a backyard in the 2300 block of Mayfield Avenue, just south of the 210 Freeway, and Fish and Game rangers were on their way to deal with it.

"Department of Fish and Game is en route," Slater said. "They have ultimate responsibility over it. Our role right now is if the bear is docile and just hunkering down, we'll let him continue that until Fish and Game gets here."

Slater said an L.A. County sheriff's helicopter is keeping track of the bear from above, and there are deputies within a couple of houses on each side of the backyard.

"We just want residents to use caution, stay inside, keep your pets inside and when you do leave for work, get quickly to your car and get out of the area," he added.

Authorities believe it's the same bear that broke into a garage last month and pried open a refrigerator to snack on some frozen meatballs.

KTLA cameras discovered the bear's return later that same day, and then again the following morning and night. A black bear was also spotted in the 3700 block of Cedarbend Drive in Glendale over the weekend.


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Photo: Black bear in La Crescenta. Credit: KTLA-TV