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Bear seen running through backyards in North Glendale

September 27, 2011

A California black bear caused a stir Monday night in a North Glendale neighborhood with its brazen eating habits, police said.

Residents spotted the bear about 8:15 p.m. in the 3700 block of Cedarbend Drive after homeowners put out their trash cans on the street for next day pick up, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The bear was also seen running through home backyards.

Officials with the California Department of Fish and Game and police helicopter monitored the bear’s whereabouts throughout the night.

The bear finally ran out of the neighborhood into a foothill debris basin.

Police sent out mass notifications to neighborhood residents, advising them to stay indoors.

In August, a 300-pound California black bear also looking for food was spotted in the same area of Cedarbend Drive in Glenwood Oaks.

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Officials believe it may be the same bear and that it has become familiar with the neighborhood’s trash schedule.

Residents spotted the bear again about 1 a.m. Tuesday in the same area, but it fled the neighborhood 15 minutes later.

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