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Lock Of Meatball’s Hair Briefly Halts Bear Auction

An auction to help Meatball the wandering bear is back on track after running into trouble for offering a lock of his hair.

Photo credit: Lions, Tigers & Bears

Meatball the bear

Meatball, who was named after raiding a garage freezer, roamed backyards in Los Angeles foothill suburbs once too often. He was captured in August and taken to a San Diego County sanctuary.

Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine is holding an eBay auction to raise money to build the black bear a 4-acre habitat. The sale was halted Wednesday because it offered a lock of Meatball's hair and it's illegal to sell bear parts in California.

However, the sale's back on. It's now offering Meatball's ear-tag, a paw print and a photo. The sanctuary says it's got $105,000 and needs to raise $250,000 to build the habitat.

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