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The Glendale Bear Has Been Tranquilized

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A bear found wandering through Yosemite National Park | Photo by EverJean via Flickr
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Well, it's finally happened. Fish and Game officials found a bear roaming the streets of La Crescenta this morning, believed to be the meatball-loving bear that's been frequenting the neighborhood -- a.k.a. Glen Bearian -- and tranquilized him.

Their plan is to return him to Angeles National Forest, where, a representative for the department told KTLA, "The 210 Freeway should prevent him from coming back."

The tranquilizing went down in the early hours of the morning. The bear, who enjoys long walks down the street and rummaging through refrigerators and trash cans, was spotted by a resident at about 3:00 a.m. He stayed in a backyard on Mayfield Avenue for a while before hopping a fence and wandering out onto Briggs Avenue.

It was at that point that Fish and Game officials were called in.

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They reportedly shot two tranquilizer darts into the bear -- which has at times been reported to be around 250 pounds, but today was allegedly closer to 500 pounds -- and once the darts take effect, the bear will be tagged and carted away.

Residents have had random sightings of the bear ever since mid-May, when he was found pillaging snacks from someone's garage.