Wayward bear tranquilized after nearly wandering into downtown Vancouver

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Black bear found wandering on train tracks near downtown Vancouver
Photographer Craig Minielly captured images of a wayward black bear on the train tracks in Gastown before conservation officers were able to tranquillize and re-locate the unusual visitor – May 5, 2021

Vancouver police and conservation officers were called to capture an unusually furry trespasser on the city’s east side, Wednesday.

Officers were called after several people reported seeing a black bear wandering near the Pacific National Exhibition grounds around noon.

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They were able to track the wayward bruin all the way to an area of train tracks near the foot of Heatly Avenue — almost downtown — where the bear was tranquilized.

A black bear seen near downtown Vancouver on Wednesday. . @craigminielly / Twitter
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It will be relocated somewhere in the Sea to Sky region, according to the Ministry of Environment.

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It was not immediately clear how the bear got into the urban core.

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While bears are rare in the city, they are not unheard of — and can travel great distances along urban greenbelts.

In 2011, conservation officers had to tranquilize a bear that got on top of a garbage truck outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the heart of the city’s central business district.

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