[DFG] – Earlier this week the bear known as “Meatball” returned to the La Canada Flintridge area and was captured on video in at least two locations and seen in at least in swimming pool.
In reaction to this a DFG Game Warden used his experience and training to set a culvert trap baited with bacon and honey and captured the bear at approximately 4 a.m. this morning in the 5000 block of Ocean View Blvd in La Canada Flintridge.
The bear was transported to the Lions, Tigers and Bears rehabilitation and animal sanctuary in Alpine, California, north of San Diego, arriving at 1:20 p.m.
At this time the bear is safe and secure and resting comfortably.
“As a wildlife agency our goal is always to keep animals wild but in this case the best interest of the bear was to capture and relocate him to a safe and secure facility, said DFG Information Officer Andrew Hughan.
STASH YOUR FOOD AND TRASH:
Bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly.
Store garbage in bear-proof containers, or store garbage in your garage until pick-up.
Keep food indoors or in airtight and odor-free containers.
Put away picnic leftovers; clean BBQ grills.
Keep pet food inside, and bird feeders away.
Pick up fallen tree fruit as soon as possible, or protect fruit trees with electric fencing.
Remove cosmetic fragrances and other attractants, including bird feeders and compost piles.
Install or request bear-proof trash containers.
BEAR COUNTRY PRECAUTIONS:
Keep a close watch on children, and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
Never keep food in your tent.
Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle.
Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub.
If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
If attacked, fight back.
If a bear attacks a person, immediately call 911.
When wild animals are allowed to feed on human food and garbage, they lose their natural ways – often resulting in death for the animal.
Please respect and protect wild animals. Keep them wild.