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‘Meatball’ the Bear Captured in Los Angeles with Honey and Bacon

A trap baited with honey and bacon led to the capture of ‘Meatball’ the bear in Glendale on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. He was transported to a sanctuary in San Diego County

See men, its real simple, all you need is honey and bacon and the bears will come running for you. Lonely no more.

GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) — “Meatball” the bear, who became a local celebrity for his frequent visits to the foothill areas and love for the food of the same name, will no longer be making appearances.

Department of Fish and Game officials said they captured the 400-pound black bear in Glendale on Wednesday morning and transported him to an animal sanctuary in Alpine in San Diego County.

Officials said they heard Meatball had been seen in the La Canada-Flintridge area and decided to capture him. They said they used a culvert trap baited with bacon and honey. He took the bait about 4 a.m.

“As a wildlife agency our goal is always to keep animals wild but in this case the best interest of the bear was to capture and relocate him to a safe and secure facility,” said DFG Information Officer Andrew Hughan.

“At this time the bear is safe and secure and resting comfortably,” the DFG press release said. MORE

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