An American hunter who gained widespread backlash after he filmed himself spearing a bear in Alberta, Canada, is speaking out in defense of himself and the sport.
The Daily Mirror said 26-year-old Josh Bowmar’s video of his bear hunt near Swan Hills was a “sick new low” for hunters, while The Daily Star dubbed the Ohio native as “bloodthirsty.”
“I just did something that I don’t think anybody in the world has ever done,” Mr. Bowmar, a college javelin champion, says in the June video after launching a homemade spear about 12 to 15 yards into the side of a black bear that had been attracted to a bait bin, The Edmonton Journal reported.
The video shows the bear running off and Mr. Bowmar being overcome with joy. The video cuts to the next day and shows Mr. Bowmar discovering the animal 60 to 70 yards away from where it was first struck. A man in the video determined the bear died within seconds due to evidence of rigor mortis.
Since the video was posted, Mr. Bowmar, who runs his own fitness business with his wife Sarah in Ohio, has been the target of threats by animal rights activists and even fellow hunters.
“Literally, since the dawn of man, the spear has been a vital role in survival,” Mr. Bowmar told The Mirror in an interview published Monday. “You all should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to kill a heritage that has existed for over a million years.
“Trust me, no one cares more about these animals than us hunters, especially me,” he said. “Spear hunting gives the animal the greatest chance of escape, considering our ethical killing range is within 10 yards.”
And none of the kill goes to waste, he added.
The Mirror argued that the bear was not hunted in the wild”but lured to its death with the use of sweet tasting bait placed in barrels to attract the animals.” A previous article by The Mirror accusedMr. Bowmar of leaving the animal”to die a slow, excruciating death.”
Comedian and animal rights supporter Ricky Gervais retweeted The Mirror story to his 11.3 million followers.
Just before this story’s publication, Mr. Bowmar’s YouTube video was set to private, though his channel,”Bowmar Bowhunting,” remained active.
Source: The Washington Times