Spear-Thrown Bear Kill Causes Ban, Outrage

An American hunter’s bear-hunting video went viral, and international backlash came with it. Did Josh Bowmar do anything wrong?

Spear-Thrown Bear Kill Causes Ban, Outrage

An American hunter’s amazing feat is being ripped apart by antis and government officials are planning to outlaw such successes after a video of a wild hunt was posted on YouTube.

Josh Bowmar filmed himself successful killing a black bear with a spear in northern Alberta, Canada. However, the video posted by Bowmar has been deleted by YouTube.

For most people, Bowmar’s video provides a “wow” factor that is rare. However, others aren’t as impressed, as is explained in the video below, posted by CNN.

Frustration over Bowmar's kill is at such a level that The Associated Press reports the Alberta provincial government plans to ban "the practice of spearing wildlife." This comes after the Edmonton Journal reports Alberta officials weren’t happy with Bowmar’s hunt, describing it as “archaic” and “unacceptable.” They also asked fish and wildlife officers to investigate in hopes of finding any illegal activity in the hunt.

News of Bowmar's kill made it across the pond, where The Sun, a news company in the United Kingdom, posted a full story saying Bowmar left  the bear "to die a slow, agonizing death” and referred to Bowmar as a “sick hunter" more than several times.

Domestically, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a comment, comparing Bowmar’s kill to the hunter who killed “Cecil the Lion,” Fox 31 reports.

Due to the so much backlash, Bowmar has also responded, saying he was “surprised by the reaction,” Breitbart.com reports.

“(The kill was) as humane and ethical as one could get in a hunting situation on big-game animals,” he said, according to the website. “No one cares more about these animals than us hunters.”


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