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Glendale Black Bear Takes Casual Promenade Through Neighborhood

A bear found wandering through Yosemite National Park | Photo by EverJean via Flickr
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A black bear who was recently spotted enjoying picnics and early morning strolls through La Crescenta and Glendale has been seen again in the same area, reports KTLA.

This time around, the bear -- which witnesses estimate weighs anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds -- was spotted wandering through a La Crescenta neighborhood at about 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Elva Sherman, the woman who laid eyes on the animal, described the creature to KTLA as "happily walking down the street," but at the same time said she was convinced that had she startled the bear, he or she would have mauled her.

This bear -- assuming it's the same one -- was first spotted in mid-March after he or she went into a Glendale resident's garage, opened the refrigerator and began snacking on the resident's spare groceries. The bear was seen again a few days later picking an orange from a tree, and a third time about a week later looking for another late-night snack.

So far, the bear has seemed to be totally disregarding any humans it encounters, but Fish and Game officials still -- much to our, and area residents', dismay -- said they would use deadly force if necessary against the bear.