Ohio hunter Josh Bowmar is now under fire for publishing a video of himself spearing a bear and then subsequently celebrating over its corpse, the Sun reports.
The film, which was published in Mary, showed Bowmar throwing the spear at the bear after it was lured into a location in Alberta, Canada, with a barrel of meat.
The 13-minute video, which includes a footage taken via a GoPro camera tied to the spear, showed Bowmar celebrating with relentless abandon after throwing the spear from 12 to 15 yards away.
“I just did something that I don’t think anybody in the world has ever done and that’s spear a bear on the ground on film,” Josh boasted to the camera. “And I smoked him!”
He then giggled and engaged in a fist bump with the person holding the camera.
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In the next footage, which was taken the next morning, Bowman was seen tracking the bear in the woods and then finding the bloodied spear. After seeing the blood surrounding its tip, Josh assured whoever was holding the camera that there was “a lot of penetration.” He also boasted about the “epic footage” they had filmed so far.
“That is a dead bear!” he boasted.
After finding the bear’s body on a spot estimated to be 60 yards away from where it was speared, Bowmar raised his hands in celebration and let out a few celebratory cries. After dragging the bear’s corpse into a small clearing, he and his friends hunched over it so they can take a photo of their kill.
According to multiple reports, no one knows for sure how long the bear survived after it was mortally wounded.
Bowmar told Global News that the bear died “immediately.”
“That’s as humane and ethical as one could get in a hunting situation on big game animals,” he said.
While Bowmar may have sparked online outrage for the method with which he killed the bear, the Edmonton Journal reports that the Ohio hunter is absolved of any wrongdoing since spearing and baiting aren’t considered illegal in Alberta.
But as the story made its rounds on the internet, officials in Alberta announced plans to make spear-hunting illegal.
“The type of archaic hunting seen in the recently posted video… is unacceptable,” Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Parks told the CBC. “We will introduce a ban on spear hunting this fall.”
Advocates against animal cruelty have made statements condemning Bowmar’s actions towards the poor animal.
“No-one could argue there is any skill involved here, no exhibition of hunting prowess, and certainly this has nothing to do with conservation as trophy hunters often argue. This is pure selfish blood lust, a desire for a thrill and a trophy at the expense of an innocent life,” Masha Kalinina, of Humane Society International, told the Mirror.
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, called the act a “stunningly unethical trophy hunt” in a blog post.
“He’s so deeply disconnected from the suffering of an innocent creature that he felt free to yell and prance with joy as the life was spilling out of this innocent animal,” Pacelle wrote.
Amid the public outcry, Bowmar told Mirror that critics should be ashamed of themselves for “trying to kill a heritage that has existed for over a million years.”
“Literally, since the dawn of man, the spear has been a vital role in survival,” he added.
Bowman said that he plans on eating the meat and saving the hide so that no part of the bear would be wasted.
Bowmar’s Instagram page, which is now set to private, suggests that he was under Under Armour Hunt’s sponsorship.
[Image via Hunting Worlds/YouTube]