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Update: Officials Tranquilize Meatball-Seeking Bear in Montrose (Video)

The bear was spotted foraging around homes in Montrose early Tuesday morning; it may be the same animal that has made repeated visits.

Update 9:30 a.m.: Sheriff's officials alerted locals via email and phone in a message: 

"There was a full sized bear in the area. Fish and Game staff have tranquilized the bear and will be relocating the bear back to its habitat."

8:30 a.m.: The California Department of Fish & Game is giving the bear a third tranquilizer dart, according to Fox11. 

7:50 a.m.: Officials have tranquilized the black bear that was spotted early Tuesday morning in Montrose and are preparing to transport it back to the Angeles National Forest.

The bear was tranqulized behind the gate of a yellow house in the 2400 block of Mayfield, next to

An official told the media that he used two tranquilizer darts on the bear, which he described as large (see video above).

Meanwhile, longtime Montrose resident William McLaughlin disagrees with the way officials are handling this particular bear incident (see video above).

“The problem is not the bear,” McLaughlin told Patch, adding: “The problem is they started chasing him at about 3:20 this morning. … The bear would be gone now if they’d left it alone.”

Sheriff's officials sent out an alert and phone call to locals that the nearly 500-pound black bear was roaming the neighborhood and to stay inside. 

Previously: A bear was spotted rummaging through the yards of homes in Montrose around Briggs Avenue and the 2400 block of Mayfield Avenue Tuesday morning as officials tried to round it up.

Officers of the Glendale Police Dept., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the state department of fish and game are on the scene trying to corral the animal, which appeared around 3 a.m.

As of 7:30 a.m., officers of the California Department of Fish and Game were preparing to tranquilize the bear (see video above).

Media and sheriff's helicopters were hovering over the scene as well as of 7:20 a.m.

It's unclear but very likely if this is the same animal that has been making regular visits to the Montrose and La Crescenta area in recent weeks.

Stick with Patch as we get more information and photos. In the meantime, if you have images or video, please upload them here.

Previously on Patch:

Kat April 11, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Joey, you can connect your iPhone directly to your computer and download all photos...use your charging cable
Patrick Lee April 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Joey: We've uploaded three of your photos. Please feel free to add more or let me know if you'd like to alter the captions. Awesome photos!
Kristen S April 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A comment is not an article, a comment is based on COMMENTARY... But if you want facts, here are some facts... Black Bear Facts *Keen sense of smell (7 times more powerful than dogs); can detect odors over a mile away *Goes without food for 6 to 7 months during hibernation in their northern range *Very curious, resourceful, and intelligent *Excellent memory and remembers food sources for many years *Nervous, shy, easily frightened - can cause serious injury if startled, cornered, or provoked *Usually prefers to avoid humans *Opportunistic; will take advantage of readily available food *Becomes bolder when hungry or habituated *Very powerful and strong, thus should be treated with caution and respect *Proficient at climbing, swimming, and running *Often avoids open areas and prefers protective cover of trees and thickets *Diet consists of approximately 85% vegetable matter including nuts, berries, seeds, grasses *Stands up on hind legs NOT to attack but out of curiosity and to get a better look or smell Better put a welcome mat out for your new friend...he will probably be back.
Nicole Charky April 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Thanks for sharing your photos with Patch, Joey! Let us know if any other critters pop up in your neighborhood.
D. A. Waggoner April 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Oh well. While all you argue I giggle. Been a nice story to follow as it put Montrose on the map albeit for a shortwhile. But seeing the map (and reading the news) it's not just Montrose, it's my back yard! I grew up on Alturas Ave. (most of you younguns don't know where Alturas Ave. was) and on Fairay Ave.

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