Bear in the Neighborhood

A bear lumbers westbound in the 3500 block Foothill Boulevard early Sunday morning. Photo by Mae KIMACK

By Mary O’KEEFE

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Glendale Police Department responded to the 3400 block of Markridge Road concerning a call from residents reporting a bear in the neighborhood going through trash and entering residents’ backyards.

GPD helicopter and patrol units responded to the Markridge Road and Frederick Avenue area, west of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, said GPD Sgt. Tweedy.

Animal Control and the California Department of Fish and Game arrived on scene with officers.  The bear had been spotted in a tree, then came down and wandered around the neighborhood.

Fish and Game fired two beanbag rounds toward the bear, which fled into the nearby wash. They determined the bear was not a threat. Glendale helicopter located the bear in the washbasin and continued to monitor throughout the night.

One Response to "Bear in the Neighborhood"

  1. Arte Oboigh   September 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Reminds of the story of the airliner approaching the runway and contacting the tower:

    Pilot; “Uh, this is Delta 04-niner approaching Smallsville AP, over”
    Tower: “Roger 04-niner. Approach south, bear right, over”
    Pilot: “Roger Smallsville, 04-niner approaching south. I have the bear in sight, over”

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