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Update: Officials Tranquilize Meatball-Seeking Bear in Montrose (Video)

The bear was spotted foraging around homes in Montrose early Tuesday morning; it may be the same animal that has made repeated visits.

Update 9:30 a.m.: Sheriff's officials alerted locals via email and phone in a message: 

"There was a full sized bear in the area. Fish and Game staff have tranquilized the bear and will be relocating the bear back to its habitat."

8:30 a.m.: The California Department of Fish & Game is giving the bear a third tranquilizer dart, according to Fox11. 

7:50 a.m.: Officials have tranquilized the black bear that was spotted early Tuesday morning in Montrose and are preparing to transport it back to the Angeles National Forest.

The bear was tranqulized behind the gate of a yellow house in the 2400 block of Mayfield, next to

An official told the media that he used two tranquilizer darts on the bear, which he described as large (see video above).

Meanwhile, longtime Montrose resident William McLaughlin disagrees with the way officials are handling this particular bear incident (see video above).

“The problem is not the bear,” McLaughlin told Patch, adding: “The problem is they started chasing him at about 3:20 this morning. … The bear would be gone now if they’d left it alone.”

Sheriff's officials sent out an alert and phone call to locals that the nearly 500-pound black bear was roaming the neighborhood and to stay inside. 

Previously: A bear was spotted rummaging through the yards of homes in Montrose around Briggs Avenue and the 2400 block of Mayfield Avenue Tuesday morning as officials tried to round it up.

Officers of the Glendale Police Dept., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the state department of fish and game are on the scene trying to corral the animal, which appeared around 3 a.m.

As of 7:30 a.m., officers of the California Department of Fish and Game were preparing to tranquilize the bear (see video above).

Media and sheriff's helicopters were hovering over the scene as well as of 7:20 a.m.

It's unclear but very likely if this is the same animal that has been making regular visits to the Montrose and La Crescenta area in recent weeks.

Stick with Patch as we get more information and photos. In the meantime, if you have images or video, please upload them here.

Previously on Patch:

Kristen S April 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The problem is not the bear, and not the chasing of the bear...the problem is the PEOPLE that leave things out for the bear to eat! Or...leave their doors open for the bear to get into their garage and feast on frozen meatballs. People who live in the foothills should make sure that this kind of stuff doesn't happen.
Jesse Brown April 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Possible Bear scenario ... Several helicopters collide in mid-air over 210 freeway and Mayfield avenue at Briggs. Falling debris land in La Crescenta Sheriff's station and traffic is held up for hours.. 14 people decapitated...?
Kristen S April 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The problem is not the bear, and not the chasing of the bear...the problem is the PEOPLE that leave things out for the bear to eat! Or...leave their doors open for the bear to get into their garage and feast on frozen meatballs. People who live in the foothills should make sure that this kind of stuff doesn't happen.
Nicole Charky (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I thought William McLaughlin's comment in the video above was interesting. Were law enforcement actually chasing the bear around? Also, I'm kind of feeling a sigh of relief now that the eight helicopters are all gone. What a morning!
Jesse Brown April 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Possible Bear scenario ... Several helicopters collide in mid-air over 210 freeway and Mayfield avenue at Briggs. Falling debris land in La Crescenta Sheriff's station and traffic is held up for hours.. 14 people decapitated...? Hope the bear is ok.
B April 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Very excellent site to learn about Black Bears and their behaviors: bear.org
John Baker April 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I'm just surprised this bear got down past the 210, much less Foothill, without someone seeing it. Was it using the flood control channels (In which case it must be a good climber!)? Or was this a Verdugo Hills bear?
Lisa April 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Good question - Are there bears in the Verdugo Mountains? I thought this small mountain range was mostly limited to coyotes and smaller animals.
Jesse Brown April 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
There are bears in the Verdugos as well as Cougars! Some Bobcats, skunks and farmers too.
Joey Ball April 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hey Kristen S, you have no idea what you are talking about. We didn't leave things out for the bear to eat. We also didn't leave our door to our garage open. The bear busted the door in half. If you would like pictures, please request, otherwise don't make comments about something you know nothing about.
Kristen S April 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM
What was it about THAT door that made THAT bear decide to break through it? It would be in a residential neighborhood with other garage doors around, why choose that one? It could have been the trash can or other food left about. Bear's work off of their sense of smell and would only go after something that they can smell. Maybe the bear went in after something else and ultimately found the meatballs. We may never know... Also, I am going off of media reporting. SOOOORRY if I don't have an eyewitness account. P.S. FREE SPEECH - look it up.
Patrick Lee April 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Joey: We'd love to see your pictures! Please feel free to upload them above!
JT Hampton April 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
For what it's worth, I'd like to see the pictures too, Joey!!
Joey Ball April 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Patrick, i am trying to upload these pics from my iPhone and it doesn't seem to work? Any ideas?
Patrick Lee April 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Hi Joey: You can either email them to me at patrickl (a) patch.com and I'll upload them, or I'm afraid you may have to wait until you're in front of your computer and do it from there.
Joey Ball April 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Kristen S., first of all, we are the very last house against the mountain. Fish and game, the experts, say that he came in because we had a refrigerator in the garage with food in it, like many families. Secondly, I have gone out of my way for the last 4 weeks taking my trash away from my house, every night, to avoid this from happening. Third, and most importantly, if you feel the need to lean on the First Amendment as an excuse to make a comment that's untrue, you should consider a tabloid web site and not a web site that our local citizens look to for good true information.
Joey Ball April 11, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I just emailed them to Patrick Lee. Thanks for uploading those for me Patrick.
Nicole Charky (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I'll put them up soon! Thank you, Joey!
Kat April 11, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Joey, you can connect your iPhone directly to your computer and download all photos...use your charging cable
Patrick Lee April 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Joey: We've uploaded three of your photos. Please feel free to add more or let me know if you'd like to alter the captions. Awesome photos!
Kristen S April 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A comment is not an article, a comment is based on COMMENTARY... But if you want facts, here are some facts... Black Bear Facts *Keen sense of smell (7 times more powerful than dogs); can detect odors over a mile away *Goes without food for 6 to 7 months during hibernation in their northern range *Very curious, resourceful, and intelligent *Excellent memory and remembers food sources for many years *Nervous, shy, easily frightened - can cause serious injury if startled, cornered, or provoked *Usually prefers to avoid humans *Opportunistic; will take advantage of readily available food *Becomes bolder when hungry or habituated *Very powerful and strong, thus should be treated with caution and respect *Proficient at climbing, swimming, and running *Often avoids open areas and prefers protective cover of trees and thickets *Diet consists of approximately 85% vegetable matter including nuts, berries, seeds, grasses *Stands up on hind legs NOT to attack but out of curiosity and to get a better look or smell Better put a welcome mat out for your new friend...he will probably be back.
Nicole Charky (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Thanks for sharing your photos with Patch, Joey! Let us know if any other critters pop up in your neighborhood.
D. A. Waggoner April 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Oh well. While all you argue I giggle. Been a nice story to follow as it put Montrose on the map albeit for a shortwhile. But seeing the map (and reading the news) it's not just Montrose, it's my back yard! I grew up on Alturas Ave. (most of you younguns don't know where Alturas Ave. was) and on Fairay Ave.

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