GLENDALE (CBS) — Despite being sighted at least six times in the North Glendale area, a black bear poses no “imminent threat” to the public, according to state wildlife officials.

The most recent sighting of the curious animal occurred around 5:45 a.m. Friday in North Glendale. Officials say the bear is likely searching for food.

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Residents have also reported seeing the 250-pound bear in front yards and even eating out of a refrigerator in a garage.

“He’s in and out of the hills . . . he came down last night and then early again this morning. We get calls from the neighbors and when we show up he’s usually spooked,” a Glendale police officer said.

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State Fish and Game officials say they cannot take action against the bear until it poses an “imminent threat to public safety.”

Officials recommend residents bring their garbage cans inside overnight.

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