Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Says No Charges for U.S. Hunter Who Posted Video of Killing Bear

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Says No Charges for U.S. Hunter Who Posted Video of Killing Bear

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No charges for hunter who killed bear with spear

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EDMONTON - An Alberta government spokesperson says a U.S. hunter who posted a video of himself baiting and then killing a bear with a spear will not face charges.

The spokesperson with Alberta Justice said the investigation into the video, posted on YouTube in June by hunter Josh Bowmar, is done and there was no evidence to suggest any law was broken.

The 13-minute video shows the man launching a spear, with a camera attached, at a bear from 11 to 14 metres away and captures his jubilant reaction when the animal is hit.

The video by Bowmar, who runs an Ohio-based fitness company with his wife, set off a deluge of outrage before it was made private.

In a statement, the provincial spokesperson called spear hunting "archaic" and said it was "unacceptable. …

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