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How Glendale bear became a social-media star: A Times/Google+ Hangout

July 16, 2012 | 11:25 am

Glendale's famous bear is not just big news in that city. The bear has become a social-media star.

At noon, The Times will host a Google+ chat on the bear and how it has fired up social media.You can talk with Times reporter Matt Stevens and Sarah Aujero,  owner of the Twitter handle @TheGlendaleBear.

The 400-pound male black bear, known to his social-media fans as "Glen Bearian" or "Meatball," was tranquilized and driven miles deep into the Angeles National Forest on Sunday after he spent nearly five hours snoozing in a tree.

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The Sunday sighting was one of at least a half-dozen times Glen Bearian — distinguished by his orange ear tag — was seen in the last week alone. It also marked the second time in four months that California Department of Fish and Game wardens have shipped the wayward bear back to the forest.

"Based on his history, I think it's probably 50-50 that he comes back," Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said. "I'm going to put it on my big whiteboard: July 15."

We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or onto The Times' Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.

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