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Meatball Bear Captured Safely in LCF, Sent to Facility

The California Department of Fish and Game lured the ursine dubbed "Meatball'' into a trap baited with honey and bacon.

For Meatball, or Glenbearian, as neighbors have dubbed the returning ursine, nothing tops off eight pounds of dog food like a good old McDonald's cheesburger.

Thanks to the bear's voracious appetite, a warden from the California Department of Fish and Game successfully lured Meatball into a trap at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning using a trail of French fries, DFG spokesman Andrew Hughan said. Meatball followed the fries dotting the 5000 block of Ocean View Boulevard into the trap baited with honey-smeared bacon and a burger. 

"We got him,'' Hughan said, noting the bear had returned to La Cañada and La Crescenta several times over the past few months. He'd been spotted in La Cañada earlier Wednesday, wolfing a bag of dog food, when it occurred to the warden that he could probably eat a little more. 

La Cañada resident Cory Ryken has seen Meatball trundling about his neighborhood several times. Ryken, who lives on La Forest Drive at Ocean View Boulevard, captured on video the bear pawing and gobbling his trash. The video is attached to this article. 

He'd bought the surveillance camera to record any flood waters that gushed through his backyard. But after seeing the bear return to his neighborhood time and again, he decided to turn the lens on his trashcans.

“He’s getting a little too comfortable up here,’’ he said two weeks ago, after taking the video to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Ryken said the bear seemed docile, but if it was surprised by an unsuspecting neighbor out for a late night or early morning stroll, he could have attacked.

"I just want our neighborhood to be safe,'' he told Patch. 

And now with Meatball off to San Diego County, perhaps everyone's walk schedules will return to normal. 

The bear was transported to the Lions, Tigers and Bears rehabilitation and animal sanctuary in Alpine, California, north of San Diego, and arrived at 1:20 p.m.

"He's going to live a very happy bear life,'' Hughan said. 

Leslie Aitken August 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Burgers, fries and honey covered bacon......hmmm, I bet more than one MAN has been caught that way too! HA HA
Chris Evans August 30, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I have to laugh .. I've been following this story back here in Philly .. I just plain KNEW that he woud be back after the last report, some months ago, that he had been darted and departed to another locale. A bear is a most remarkable example of survival diligence, will typically cover 25 miles on any given day. I am half pulling for MB to break out of the pen, but I realize that if he did, it might be his last trip. you go, Big Guy! And Leslie Aitken is correct .. that bait just might bad a lot of guys,, LOL!
Sammie Sophia August 30, 2012 at 07:15 PM
my bf and i wanted to keep u as a pet meatball!!! so cute...but wild animals have to be safe in their own environment and so do we :(
Nicole Charky August 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM
@Sammie - I think everyone wanted to adopt Meatball! Who knew that bear could provide so much entertainment and make the news nonstop! It's great that the bear will be in a safe place. Has anyone checked out the Glendale Bear t-shirts? Proceeds from apparel and buttons will help support Meatball at his new home: http://theglendalebear.com/
ALMA J. PARKS August 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I"LL MISS SEEING HIM ON THE NEWS, I LOVE HIM! GLAD TO SEE OUR BEARS A BEAR SO HEALTHY, HE HAS WON A LOT OF HEARTS, WE HERE IN LA COUNTY WANT THE BEST FOR HIS LIFE, THAT HE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE HIS ROAMING FREEDOMS, THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD BE. IF WE MOVE NEAR THEM, THEN WE ARE TO LIVE IN TOLERENCE WITH THEM SINCE WE ARE THE ENCAMPED ON THEM AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR MEATBALLER EVERYONE!! BEAR LOVE, ALMA

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