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Snacking Bear Roams Glendale Neighborhood Twice This Week

Could it be the return of "Glen Bearian?"

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    Snacking Bear Roams Glendale Neighborhood Twice This Week
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    One person's trash in a bear's dinner.

    Residents in Glendale spotted a hungry bear two nights in a row this week, and wildlife experts say the bears will keep coming as people give them easy access to trashed leftovers.

    The latest bear was spotted Monday and Tuesday night,  sifting through trash in the 2500 block of East Chevy Chase Drive.  After its free meal, the 400-pound creature headed back into the hills.

    "The sightings always come before trash pick-up day," said Glendale Sgt. Tom Lorenz. 

    Residents put out their garbage cans the night before, instead of waiting until morning.  The scent of trash attracts bears looking for a midnight snack.

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    The latest sightings come just a month after a frenzy over a bear dubbed "Glen Bearian." Officials with the California Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday could not immediately say whether it was the same bear, according to the Glendale News-Press.

    That bear was tranquilized and released into the Angeles National Forest.

    Wildlife experts say bears could lose its natural survival instincts if keep getting a free meal in the suburbs.

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