LA CRESCENTA (CBS) — A 250-pound black bear has become a regular and unwanted visitor for residents living in the foothills.
The bear has been feasting out of trash cans in front of homes in Glendale and La Crescenta.
The bear has been seen so often, it has been given a nickname — Glen Bearian.
“It’s a little bit nerve-racking,” said Jennifer Debroskey of Glendale.
“I was shocked that it was the bear,” said Glendale resident Devon Taylor.
For almost a month the 250-pound hungry black bear has rummaged through garbage cans, knocked over gates, and left his mark in the foothills of Glendale and La Crescenta.
It has returned every trash pick-up day.
Taylor and his family are relieved after a close encounter a couple of weeks ago.
“After hearing the sound of the trash can knocking over, which woke me up, it ran uphill,” he said.
The bear was first discovered in Joey Ball’s La Crescenta garage last month, sitting in front of the fridge and feasting on Costco meatballs.
Since then he has enjoyed tossed tuna and even peeled oranges off of a tree. Jennifer Deboskey is taking precautions.
“We try not to put the trash cans out at night, [we] wait until the next morning to do it. And then making sure we keep the garage closed,” she said.
Residents had not seen the bear within the last couple of days of this report.
But he apparently had turned up in the social media world. The bear has apparently taken to Twitter going by the name Glen Bearian.
“I might just become a follower of Glen Bearian,” Taylor said with a smile.
On Tuesday, Glen Bearian tweeted, “Please don’t be afraid of me. I won’t eat you, unless you’re a meatball from Costco.”
He even talks about his bad hair days and reassures his followers that they can always follow him on Twitter.
“I find that very disturbing,” said Jennifer Debroskey jokingly.
Despite the tweets, some residents are concerned about their safety.
But Fish and Game officials said that they cannot take action until the bear poses an imminent threat. They said to prevent the bear from coming back to your house, do not leave garbage out unsecured.
Six-year-old Rebekah Debroskey had a message for the bear.
“Stop bothering our neighborhood.”