Bear spotted near Gastown relocated back to the wild
The black bear appears to have wandered into Vancouver along harbourfront train tracks
A wayward black bear that sauntered into an industrial area of Vancouver close to Gastown on Wednesday was tranquilized and has been relocated back to the wild.
Photographer Craig Minielly said he was working in his studio on Railway Street when he heard a ruckus and looked out his window to see the bear on the train tracks that run along the harbourfront east of Main Street.
"I heard some yelling coming from outside — it's not unusual to hear yelling in this area, but it seemed a little different," he said.
"I happened to look down and directly below me was a bear on the tracks and officers were yelling at it and throwing rocks to move it in a direction away from downtown."
According to the Vancouver Police Department, the bear had been sighted earlier in the area of the Pacific National Exhibition grounds and was tracked by police and conservation officers.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GastownBear?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GastownBear</a> was safely released back into the wild today – far away from the city. Shout-out to <a href="https://twitter.com/VancouverPD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VancouverPD</a> for their assistance yesterday. <br><br>For video and more info: <a href="https://t.co/4IU62Rvrax">https://t.co/4IU62Rvrax</a> <a href="https://t.co/EaVQu2hM6o">pic.twitter.com/EaVQu2hM6o</a>—@_BCCOS
It was eventually corralled and tranquilized in the area of Heatley Avenue and Powell Street.
Although it happens rarely, bears have made their way into the city in the past.
Bear spotted in Vancouver today. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VancouversFinest?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VancouversFinest</a> helped corral the bear for conservation officers, who were able to safely tranquillize the animal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverADullDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NeverADullDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/springtime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#springtime</a> <a href="https://t.co/1Bpe3nDA40">pic.twitter.com/1Bpe3nDA40</a>—@DeputyChow
In 2011, a black bear that appeared on top of a garbage truck outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Cambie Street caused a big commotion.
It's believed the animal had climbed into a dumpster in North Vancouver that had then been tipped into the truck.
It's not uncommon for wildlife to wander from the east into Vancouver, down the corridor of train tracks and greenbelts that run along Burrard Inlet, which is likely how the bear made its way so close to downtown.
With files from Dan Burritt