Hunter Josh Bowmar, Who Filmed Himself Killing Bear, Won't Be Charged: Alberta Government

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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.

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A still from Josh Bowmar's video shows him preparing to throw the spear at the black bear. (Photo: YouTube)

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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Hunter Josh Bowmar is faced criticism for hunting with a spear. (Photo: YouTube)

The spokesperson also says the province is looking at changing hunting regulations, with a ban on spear hunting expected in the fall.

Bowmar was surprised by the reaction to the video, saying spears have been used for hunting since the "dawn of man" and the notion that the method is inhumane "couldn't be further from the truth."

"The bear I speared only ran (55 metres) and died immediately, that's as humane and ethical as one could get in a hunting situation on big game animals. Trust me, no one cares more about these animals than us hunters, especially me," he said in an emailed statement last week.

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