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Baklava-Loving Bear Returns to Glendale Neighborhood

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GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 300-pound black bear with a taste for Middle Eastern food may have returned to Chevy Chase Canyon for more Thursday night before being chased out, police said.

Residents reported seeing the bear about 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of East Chevy Chase Drive — the same spot where a bear was spotted in May digging through trash and snacking on chicken, rice and baklava.

Much like their response in May, Glendale police on Thursday used an air horn to scare the hulking intruder into a nearby hillside.

The bear was spotted a few minutes later walking through a yard and turning over a trash can in the 3900 block of Buckingham Road, police said.

About 40 minutes after that, a motorist spotted the bear walking on the street in the 3900 block of Linda Vista Road. Residents told police they saw the same bear Wednesday night.

Residents said the animal has eaten chicken, rice and some baklava that had been thrown out.

"It was very scary... I had never seen a bear," resident Caroline Muradian said.

"He had this huge head and just had no problems being there," she added. "He didn't have any problems seeing us there. He was just, you know, going along his merry way, eating from the trash... eating the sweets I had thrown away."

It's not clear if this is the same bear -- affectionately dubbed "Meatball" -- that showed up in La Crescenta about a month ago.

That bear was ultimately tranquilized, tagged and relocated to the Angeles National Forest.

But Fish and Game wardens say there's a chance that the same bear may have returned to the Glendale area.

What may have been the same bears often do that, especially if they have become accustomed to human food.

Recently, a family of bears was spotted a neighborhood in nearby Atladena.

A mother bear and her two cubs noshed on some birthday cake from a trash can before taking refuge in a tree.

They eventually climbed down and wandered back into the forest.

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