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Bear Makes Third Return to La Crescenta, Picks Orange

A 250-pound black bear already devoured meatballs and tuna Wednesday night, but returned late Thursday to grab an orange from a tree.

A black bear continues to roam La Crescenta for the third day, and now it's eating oranges, according to the Los Angeles Times

The 250-pound animal was caught eating meatballs and tuna Wednesday night and Thursday night he wandered the 3800 block of Forest Glen Drive in La Crescenta around 8 p.m. before heading toward Park Vista Drive nearly a mile away, The Times reported. 

Police helicopters were called to the area and ended up scaring the bear away back into the forest, KTLA reported. 

Thursday: A broken refrigerator's stench may have lured a black , according to Pasadena Humane Society officials. 

Glendale Police Department,  and Pasadena Humane Society are going door to door Thursday morning to let residents know about the bear sighting that happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 3700 block of Beechglen Drive.

"We haven't had any dangerous encounters," Glendale Police Officer Matt Zakarian said. "We just need to keep any eye out."

Authorities ask that locals keep food and trash inside until morning, make sure the house is secure and put pets inside at night, Zakarian said. If possible, residents can also try to place rocks on top of trash cans to prevent bears from opening the containers. 

"We do have a bear residing in this general vacinity," said Ashley Hermans of Pasadena Humane Society. 

California Department of Fish and Game will also been in the area to help the bear get back to the mountains, Hermans said. Bears are unusual to the area, but have been more prevelant following the 2009 Station Fire, she added.

"Before last year we didn't have bears in this area," Hermans said.

Hermans likened the stench of the broken refrigerator to that of a carrion, a dead animal's body. 

Refrigerator and homeowner Joey Ball commented on Patch saying:

"Just to clear up some wrong information in this article. The refrigerator was not broken until the bear broke into it and there was no "stench" coming from it. I guess someone is just trying to spice up the story a bit."

Hermans said that if any locals come across a bear that it's important to face it, make yourself look large, make noise, back away slowly and call 911 immediately. 

Glendale police will also bring a billboard into the area to notify residents about the animal.

Police are focused on informing people about the bear, and how to respect it, Zakarian said. 

"We have no intention of killing the bear," Zakarian said. 

To contact the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA call (626) 792-7151 or email wildlife@phsspca.org. 

ginger dennis March 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed
Joey B. March 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Just to clear up some wrong information in this article. The refrigerator was not broken until the bear broke into it and there was no "stench" coming from it. I guess someone is just trying to spice up the story a bit.
Nicole Charky (Editor) March 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Hey Joey, thanks for commenting. The comments about the broken refrigerator came from Ashley Hermans of Pasadena Humane Society. She actually described the stench as similar to carrion, which is a dead animal body. I'll add your comments to the story, too.

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