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Colorado sanctuary files lawsuit, wants to import Meatball the bear

Tree Bear

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This undated image provided by Kelly MacDonald shows a bear known as "Glen Bearian" in the La Crescenta area near Glendale, Calif. The bear that has inspired the creation of a Twitter account because of his frequent forays to Glendale was tranquilized July 15, 2012, and returned to the wild after he was seen sleeping in a tree.

A 5-year-old black bear named Meatball -- nicknamed after a refrigerator pilfering, meatball stealing incident -- was headed for a Colorado wildlife sanctuary until authorities invoked a state regulation.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado is now challenging the state law that says no animal taken from the wild can be kept at a refuge, and has filed a lawsuit to try and get it overturned.

Meatball was captured twice earlier this year after foraging for food in suburban trash cans and taking a dip in a pool in the foothills above Los Angeles. The 400-poundbear is now living in a San Diego County rescue facility.

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