Conservation officer Alex Desjardins couldn't believe his ears when he was dispatched to Cambie Street near Georgia Street, in the heart of the city.
"Initially I had a hard time believing it," said Desjardins. "The dispatcher said, 'It's not April Fools.'
So there he was, near the Vancouver Post Office, searching for a bruin.
"It's a yearling, probably one or two years old," said Desjardins, who tranquillized the youngster. "The driver had made a pickup on the North Shore, and he came downtown for another pickup."
Desjardins believes the bear was foraging for food like many urban bears, prowling in the Dumpster.
"That's a common bear diet," he said. "At this time of year, they know they have to get fat."
The Dumpster-diving bruin soon became a hitchhiking bruin, driving across Burrard Inlet in the back of a garbage truck.
Desjardins said that while many bears are already hibernating, urban bears in mild climates often wait until late winter, fattening up as long as they can before curling up in a den for the remainder of the season.
"On the North Shore, where the temperature is mild, they'll stay out, sometimes until late February," said Desjardins.
"If they're not fat enough, they'll die in their den."
This is one urban bear that shouldn't be coming back to the big city anytime soon.
"He's going to be translocated, most likely to the Squamish Valley," said Desjardins.