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Glendale’s latest bear visitor is much smaller than others

July 6, 2012 | 12:05 pm

Approximate location of bear shown in black.

The latest bear to visit Glendale on trash day is a much smaller, 150-pound ursine, police said.

That would put the bear at half the size of the two 300-pound beasts spotted a few months earlier.

Residents reported seeing a black bear about 9:15 p.m. Thursday in the 3100 block of Linda Vista Road -- a few blocks from where a 300-pound bear was spotted in May digging through trash and snacking on chicken, rice and baklava. That bear reappeared two weeks ago, also on a Thursday -- the night before the trash is collected in the hillside community.

Whether Glendale has what the bears want -- from meatballs to sticky desserts -- or residents are just more adept at spotting the beasts, one thing's for certain, they've got a nose for it.

"Bears' sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a bloodhound," said Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Game spokesman. "And when the weather is hot and the food starts to smell, they really come out."

Glendale Police Sgt. Craig Tweedy said the California Department of Fish and Game had been notified, but unless the bear poses a danger, not much will be done.

"We will try to get it back in the hills," Tweedy said.

Residents reporting the bear said this one did not have an orange tag on its ear, which would indicate that it's unlikely to be the meatball-loving bear that made several visits to North Glendale earlier this year.

That bear eventually was tranquilized and relocated deep within Angeles National Forest. It has assumed a human-run Twitter handle and uses the pseudonym Glen Bearian.


Residents cheer as 'Glendale bear' safely taken away

Tranquilized meatball-loving bear returns to La Crescenta

Baklava-loving bear may be back in Glendale ahead of trash day

-- Jason Wells and Angel Jennings

Image: Approximate location of the bear is shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.