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Meatball the bear hits 'jackpot' after visiting La Crescenta again

July 10, 2012 | 11:29 am

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The Glendale Bear appears to be getting impatient. Hunger waits for no man or beast.

La Crescenta resident Kelly MacDonald said the bear -- known by some as Meatball -- returned to her home early Monday morning for the second time in recent weeks, this time opting for sustenance rather than sunbathing by the pool.

Around 2 a.m. Monday, MacDonald’s parents were awakened by her barking dog. MacDonald said the bear had no problem finding their trash cans on the side of the garage, knocking a can over before escaping with a bag in its mouth.

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“I don’t believe there are any meatballs,” said MacDonald, 26. “I know my mom cleaned out the fridge, so I’m sure he hit the jackpot.”

Family members believe there was caramel sauce in the stolen trash bag, but they have yet to figure out how to secure their trash cans prior to pick-up Wednesday morning. MacDonald said her father may decide to put the cans in the garage because she is now convinced that the bear’s home is “not far” from her house.

The visit Monday was just the latest escapade in the bear’s journey. Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan confirmed that this bear, known as Glen Bearian on Twitter, was the same 400-pound animal that was tranquilized in April and moved to the Angeles National Forest.

The bear came back in late June and roamed around MacDonald’s backyard.

“It’s not our first rodeo,”  MacDonald said.

The sighting came hours before two other bears and a bear cub were spotted in the Duarte and nearby Bradbury areas Monday afternoon. In an advisory released Tuesday morning, sheriff’s officials warned residents that “Bears don't want to play, they just want humans to go away.” Officials have stressed that residents must secure their trash and stay away from bears as a heat wave approaches Southern California this week.


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-- Matt Stevens


Photo: The bear known on Twitter as Glen Bearian visited a house in La Crescenta for the second time Monday. Credit: Kelly MacDonald family