Another reason not to text while walking: 300-pound bear roaming streets of LA

[Remix above by @mr_hopkinson; view original at KTLA website. They prohibit embedding. Lame.]

So, this happened in Los Angeles this morning. KTLA choppers filmed a huge black bear on the streets of La Crescenta, and the hilarious (because he didn't die) reaction of a man who stumbled upon the scene while texting and walking.

The bear was pretty mellow, and was eventually tranquilized and removed from the area.

Authorities believe this may be the same bear that broke into a garage last month and pried open a refrigerator to snack on some frozen meatballs.

In fact, when local news reported on the bear's previous wanderings through that same neighborhood, he was known as the "Meatball-Eating Black Bear." A snip from KTLA's earlier news coverage:

Resident Joey Ball heard noises around 3 a.m. and got up to investigate. "He had steam coming out of his nose, and he had food on his face," Ball said. "It was crazy!"

The bear had entered the garage through an outside door that had been left open. "He had the refrigerator door open," Ball said. "... He had all these drawers laying around and there was food everywhere."

Ball said the hungry bear tore through the freezer, eating tuna and Costco meatballs.

He will now be returned to the Angeles National Forest, where he can roam in peace. No more Costco meatballs.

(via TV Spy, thanks, Miles O'Brien; photo: KTLA)



  1. Now I’m wondering about all those times I’ve absent-mindedly stuck a hand out to let a passing dog sniff it.

  2. Not exactly the streets of L.A.  This was in La Crescenta, north of L.A. – L.A. County, yes, L.A., no.

      1. Pending the resolution of his lawsuit against the La Crescenta police department for assault, wrongful arrest and illegal detention, Svenski has been advised by his lawyer to neither confirm nor deny that he is the bear in question. He can, however, confirm that additional lawsuits may be filed with respect to defamation, specifically groundless allegations of meatball theft made by local residents and news organizations.

        1. Okay, now in full pedant mode.  There is no La Crescenta PD, it’s Glendale PD with a few sweeps by the L.A. County Sheriff’s (aka The Briggs Piggs).

          1. Heh.  I’m just glad you beat me to it.  

            ‘La Crescenta’ is a fake-Spanish name made up by a doctor from Indiana, who thought it was Spanish for “the crescent” – referring to three local crescent-shaped valleys.

            It’s not a city itself – the name refers to an area that’s part of unincorporated Montrose and part of the northern tip of Glendale.

            Montrose isn’t LA, and it doesn’t border LA – but you *can* see LA from there on a clear day. :-)

            (Curiosity: “Briggs Piggs”?  Is that a reference to Briggs Terrace?)

  3. Could we get about a dozen of those here in NYC? We have a serious problem with “texting zombies”, and I’m thinking that a few black bears might be just what we need.

    1. I’m sick of these constant bear attacks. It’s like a frickin’ country bear jambaroo around here!

  4. That bear made it pretty far from the foothills and to have crossed under the 210 before being darted is impressive.

    1. Actually a lot of places in California have bears… we ARE home to Yosemite National Park, after all. Major cities and their suburbs are another matter though.

      1. Heck, the LA area used to have grizzly bears, too, before they were hunted to extinction in the late 19th century.

        (Hey, for that matter, the LA area used to have dire wolves and mammoths and giant ground sloths.  Most of those disappeared right around the same time that the first evidence of local human habitation turns up.)

        1. California even had a brief stint of (largely symbolic) independence as “The Bear Flag Republic” for a couple of weeks in 1846. In fact the state flag is pretty much the only lasting legacy of that little revolt.

          1. @Antinous_Moderator:disqus : I’m not sure it’s fair to blame that one on a few dozen 19th-century rednecks.

  5. 300 pounds. Man! We are too weight conscious here in Socal. It’s Springtime. Bear hasn’t eaten since December, right?

  6. We had a bear downtown a couple of years ago.  Honestly, when you’ve already got mountain lions, bears don’t seem that terrifying.

  7. He is lucky that the bear wasn’t hungry or feeling threated.  

    His flight response could have caused the bear to chase him, although repressing the instinct to run from danger in that situation seems almost impossible.

    @ Antinous/Moderator

    Ok, if i get to wear yummy parsley, I’m definitely sticking around :)

    1. If the bear is hungry, you’re supposed to run; failing to do so is like tucking a sprig of parsley behind your ear.

      1. It was LA, I’m surprised he didn’t rush the bear, jump on top of him and take him for a joyride. A bear-jacking, if you will.

  8. How is it that nobody has posted this Onion link yet?,16928/

  9. Costco meatballs no more

    Couldn’t Obama retrofit the drones to air drop the bear some Costco meatballs in the woods?

    1. My crackhead housemate denied eating my frozen  Costco meatballs until I came home and found a warm meatball on the kitchen floor.  

    1. Wow – I watched the original video on KTLA’s website.  They make you watch a new ad every time you replay the video.  That’s really obnoxious.

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