Spear hunting already illegal in Ontario; Alberta aiming to introduce ban

Spear hunting already illegal in Ontario; Alberta aiming to introduce ban

Spear hunting already illegal in Ontario; Alberta aiming to introduce ban

"Work is well underway to update Alberta's hunting regulations".

Using a weapon he described as an "absolutely lethal killing machine", OH hunter Josh Bowmar captured footage of himself throwing a 7-foot spear at a black bear.

The unsuspecting animal was lured to its death by hunter Josh Bowmar, who fitted a GoPro camera to his homemade weapon that filmed all the footage he later posted on his YouTube channel for his roughly 8,000 subscribers.

The video has amassed over 208,400 views since it was uploaded to YouTube on June 5.

After successfully impaling the bear, Bowmar exclaims to the camera, "I can't believe that that just happened". It runs away twice before returning a third time.

In a statement to CBC News, Bowmar said the bear "died immediately", adding the kill was "as humane and ethical as one could get in a hunting situation on big game animals". "'In the meantime, we have asked Fish and Wildlife officers to investigate this incident to determine if charges are warranted under existing laws".

"The hunter seems to have viewed the hunt as an opportunity for entertainment", Roland Lines, Alberta SPCA's communications manager, told the Toronto Star.

In addition, Alberta Environment and Parks spokesman Tim Chamberlin criticized the slaying, calling for the "archaic" practice of spear hunting to be banned.

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Bowmar says the hunt took place during a trip he and his partner Sarah took to Alberta in mid-May. He said he's received hundreds if not thousands of death threats and has had to restrict his social media accounts because of the threats. "The truth is I honestly care more about animals and hunting than anybody could".

In the video, Bowmar was accompanied by Swan Hills outfitters John and Jenn Rivet and carried a two-metre spear equipped with 40-centimetre blade.

The Humane Society of the USA also weighed in, referring to the OH man as "this year's version of Walter Palmer", the American dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, notes the Dayton Daily News.

He added that if he just wanted to kill, he could have shot the bear from half a kilometre away without it having a chance to escape. "So I don't understand why this is getting so much hatred on it", he said.

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He said he and his wife harvested the bear and will have "a attractive piece" in his house as a result.

Bowmar said he plans to eat the meat and save the hide so no part of the bear would be wasted.

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