Video of Black Bear in Downtown Vancouver

A black bear hitched a ride into downtown Vancouver on a garbage truck yesterday.  The video below shows the scene at Georgia and Cambie Streets – smack dab in the middle of a busy city of 2.1 million people.   Conservation officers appear to prick the bear with a tranquilizer dart – then a very brave Vancouver police officer takes care of the rest.

Just some follow-up, in case you’re wondering: According to a Vancouver Sun article, the 1.5-year-old bear was probably nosing around inside a dumpster on the North Shore (parts of which are heavily wooded), when the dumpster was picked up and dumped into one of those automated garbage trucks.  Then . . .

The bear got dumped into the truck, tagging along for a ride into downtown Vancouver.

After it was tranquilized, the bear was brought to a secured compound in North Vancouver.  This morning, it was due to be released back into the wild in the upper Squamish Valley.

The other funny thing:  You might notice in the photo that there’s a small dog sitting in the cab of the garbage truck.  I wonder if the dog knew anything was up.

This story and the video footage is currently making its way around the blogosphere.  I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing.  It’s a cute story, but it does play up that stereotype of Canada as all bears and wilderness.   In reality, the corner of Georgia and Cambie Streets is one of the busiest parts of the city: opposite CBC studios, next to the big central library and Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and not far from BC Place.

Anybody see this as it was happening?  What did you think of the way it was handled? 

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