Here's a switch: bear was getting OUT of the garbage

Young black bear spotted climbing out of truck in downtown Vancouver.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It was a bear hunt with a happy ending Monday as a black cub that appeared to have been foraging in a bin in an underground parking lot in downtown Vancouver was caught, tranquilized and carted off to the wilderness.

Witnesses said that the dumpster contents in the parkade of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre -- including the bear -- were slid into the truck. When the cub climbed out onto the vehicle, people in the area called police.

The Canadian Press has the story:

VANCOUVER -- A little bear caused a big reaction when it showed up in downtown Vancouver on Monday.

The black bear cub got caught in a garbage truck that had picked up a load in North Vancouver before driving to Vancouver.

Police and conservation officers were called when the bear was spotted on top of the truck, which had stopped in a busy area near the city's main post office and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

The cub was tranquilized and taken away to be released back into the wild.

The garbage truck driver says he's happy the bear was saved. 

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