Hunting in Alberta is sporting a black eye this week, after worldwide attention was brought to a video posted on YouTube by hunter Josh Bowmar.
280,000 people had viewed his YouTube video before it was taken down earlier this week, and the backlash has been huge.
Here are the facts we know:
Josh Bowmar baits a black bear with a raw meat in a drum.
Bowmar throws a spear at the black bear while it’s distracted.
Bowmar laughs throughout the video, including moments when he’s filmed how the bear’s guts have spilled out as it attempted to flee.
The kill wasn’t found till the next day, as opposed to finishing off the wounded animal after the spear throw.
Bowmar spends much of the video bragging.
You can read more here.
Online backlash has been massive, with people, according to the article link shared above, calling for Bowmar and his hunting partner wife receiving “death threats, petitions for criminal charges and demands all sponsorship for their personal training business be withdrawn.”
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Here’s a screenshot style video of the original video posted by Bowmar, featuring only a small portion of the footage originally shared.