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Re-homing Meatball, the black bear

Information about the organizational /environmental setting of the area:
Black bears are reported to be frequenting Los Angeles suburbs for food. They generally are not considered as threat to humans though experts regularly issue dos and don’ts to people living in the vicinity of bear habitats in the case of encounter with the animal. Meatball, a black bear is so called because he craved for meatball and would take them from the garage freezers.


Current concerns or issues
The 500 pound Meatball from the Angeles National Forest, strayed in the Los Angeles neighborhoods searching food in the bins, climbing the fences of gardens. California Department of Fish and Game captured him a number of times and returned him to his home. But travelling up to 200 miles Meatball would come back to the same neighborhood.


Education Intervention
Interestingly “Some in the suburb of Glendale believed Meatball had worked out which day rubbish bins were put out for collection.” In the summer of 2012, Meatball hogged the television shows and became a celebrity capturing public attention. This lead to a massive online drive raising funds to build a home for Meatball, with a twitter account in his name. 

Accomplishments/ outcomes post-intervention
This campaign raised nearly 1,25,000 USD which is half the finances required to develop the new 6 acre habitat for Meatball in a sanctuary in southern California that houses rescued big cats. Meatball will share this space with one male and three female bears. Waiting to occupy his new home Meatball now in the sanctuary enjoys a healthy diet which includes grapes and peanut butter sandwiches, his favorite. This love and care for this animal was possible because of the on line campaign – not all animals are as lucky as our Meatball


Aichi Biodiversity Target Addressed

Target 1: Awareness increased
By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.