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Glendale bear's memorabilia auction removed from EBay

November 7, 2012 |  6:46 pm

Meatball the bear

An EBay auction item that listed memorabilia related to Glendale’s most famous bear, "Meatball," was removed Wednesday night hours after it was posted.

Officials at Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary were auctioning off the bear’s orange California Department of Fish and Game ear tag, a paw print and a few locks of fur as part of a larger fundraising effort to build a habitat for the bear.

The item had multiple bids Wednesday afternoon and was listed at more than $100, but by about 5 p.m. the item was “no longer available” according to EBay.

It was not immediately clear why the item had been removed, but according to Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game, “The sale of bear parts is illegal in California and DFG is investigating.” 

He said selling the ear tag and paw prints was probably in compliance with the law, but selling the locks of fur was questionable.

Jen Jenkins, spokeswoman for Lions Tigers & Bears, did not immediately return a call from The Times requesting comment on the listing being pulled. But earlier Wednesday she said the auction was meant to reignite fund-raising efforts. The San Diego County sanctuary had raised about $105,000 of the $250,000 needed to build the bear a full habitat.  

Meatball recently underwent a physical exam, blood work, parasite testing and a dental exam, Jenkins said, adding that his paw prints were taken while he was sedated.


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Photo: Meatball checks out his breakfast on a recent morning at the sanctuary. Credit: Lions, Tigers & Bears