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Glendale bear returns for a poolside escape from the heat

July 13, 2012 |  1:44 pm

Glendale bear

The meatball-loving bear that was spotted Monday in La Crescenta returned to his roots in Glendale early Friday but left trash cans untouched.

Instead, Glen Bearian simply sat on the steps of a backyard pool and dipped his toes to escape from the heat, eyewitnesses told Fish and Game officials.

The officials visited a house on the 5100 block Finehill Avenue Friday afternoon after a resident tweeted that he had spotted the popular ursine around 4 a.m. Spokesman Andrew Hughan said the inspectors found scratch marks on a utility pole, a fence that had been pulled down and some stray branches. He said a sheriff’s captain who lives nearby reported seeing Glen Bearian with his orange ear tag.

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“The evidence points to, yes, this is a bear. And there were some credible witnesses that said it was Glen Bearian,” Hughan said.

Glendale Police spokesman Tom Lorenz said that five Glen Bearian sightings were reported overnight, and residents told police that a bear took pool dips at both the Finehill home and on the 5100 block of Boston Avenue. Hughan said there was no way to confirm whether all the sightings were of Glen Bearian without visiting all the locations, which they did not plan to do.

The most recent visit comes just days after Glen Bearian was spotted on the 6000 block of Canyonside Road, about three miles east of the home on Finehill. Officials said they were confident that Glen Bearian is in the area, and that’s good because it’s near the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains.

“If Glen Bearian stays in this area, he has open access to suitable habitat and we don’t have to move him anywhere,” Hughan said. “He’s in good shape where he is, and we’re not going to take any action to move to trap him. We’re pleased with where he is."

The same 400-pound ursine was tranquilized in April and moved to the Angeles National Forest. He returned in June and has been spotted mutiple times since.


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Photo: La Crescenta resident Kelly MacDonald's parents were awakened by barking on July 9 to discover that the Glendale bear had returned for a bag of trash. Credit: Courtesy of Kelly MacDonald