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Foothill Residents Urged To Secure Trash After Bear Sighting

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GLENDALE (CBS) — Officials warned residents on Monday to keep their garbage under wraps after a recent rash of bear sightings in the foothills of Glendale and La Canada Flintridge.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the bear was spotted munching on trash near the 210 Freeway.

The sighting near Honolulu Avenue comes weeks after a bear ate some chickens in a La Canada Flintridge backyard in May.

“Bears are hungry,” said Riki Whitman with the Pasadena Humane Society. “They’re probably coming down looking for food, and they spend a lot of foraging, so trash is delicious to them.”

Whitman suggests residents keep their trash cans covered, secured and  inside their garage if at all possible.

The bears have not caused any problems so far, and officials said the lack of natural resources in the burn areas is likely forcing the animals to hunt for food in the foothill communities.

There are no plans to relocated any bears unless they pose a direct threat to residents or property.

“They might even enjoy a swim in the pool,” said Whitman.

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