Top 5 Urban Wildlife Sightings in Vancouver Ever

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It’s no secret that Vancouver has one wild backyard.   Eagles are a relatively common sight in the city and, if you’re lucky, you might even see an orca swimming in the waters of English Bay.

But every so often a truly exceptional visitor from mother nature wanders into our urban jungle.  Here’s a list of the top 5 wildlife sightings in downtown Vancouver in recent memory.

  • Coyote devours Stanley Park’s squirrels: Open the Vancouver Sun today and on page A3 you’ll find a photo of a coyote with a squirrel in its mouth.  This picture wasn’t taken in the remote backcountry – It was taken at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.  While coyotes are normally nocturnal, this one apparently enjoys the spotlight.  Experts encourage anyone who spots the animal to yell and frighten it away.
  • Snowy owl spotted on West End balcony:  Earlier this week, someone snapped an iPad picture of a rare snowy owl perched on the edge of her balcony in Vancouver’s West End.  The giant owls with downy white feathers live in the arctic tundra and occasionally winter in the Lower Mainland, but normally in more remote areas near Boundary Bay.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spav7Trxk0w

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 . . .

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Video of Black Bear in Downtown Vancouver