Bear in the Neighborhood

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


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.