‘Meatball’ the Bear Could Stay in San Diego

By Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, Sep 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:06 PM PDT
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"Meatball" the Bear Captured

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Searching for a Home for Meatball

The black bear dubbed Meatball was captured Wednesday, following a dip in the pool of a La Canada Flintridge home. Now animal lovers are trying to find a permanent home for the bear. Kim Baldonado reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on August 30, 2012

"Meatball" the Bear Captured

"Meatball" the Bear, a frequent visitor to La Canada Flintridge, has been captured and taken to an animal sanctuary in San Diego. The bear is expected to be permanently relocated to a sanctuary in Colorado. NBC4's Alycia Lane reports for Today in LA on Aug. 30, 2012.
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An adorable wild black bear may have found a home in San Diego.

The black bear, affectionately named Meatball, was captured last week in Glendale and brought to the Lions, Tigers and Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine.

Meatball was initially going to live in Colorado after his stay in San Diego, but because of a recent change in laws by the Colorado Division of Wildlife he might be a SoCal bear.

“We are just waiting on Colorado to see whether or not he will be staying,” said Jennifer Jenkins from the LTB sanctuary.

The new law in Colorado prohibits wild-bred animals from entering exotic animal sanctuaries. Since Meatball is technically a wild bear, he might not be allowed to live in the Mile High state.

Officials are working to see if there’s an exception for Meatball, and they will know tonight whether or not he will stay in San Diego.

If Meatball gets to stay, the animal sanctuary said they will begin fundraising for an individual bear habitat.
 

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