Columbus man’s spear hunting kill of black bear sparks controversy

ALBERTA, Canada (WCMH) — A hunter from Columbus has sparked outrage with animal rights groups after videoing himself killing a black bear with a spear.

According to the Mirror, Josh Bowmar killed the bear with a spear while hunting in Alberta, Canada.

In the video originally posted to YouTube, Bowmar can be seen celebrating after wounding the bear. According to CNN, Bowmar returned the next day and found the animal.

Masha Kalinina with Humane Society International told the Mirror: “The glee with which the hunter celebrates spearing the bear’s vital organs is a cheap act for the camera and the sick fans of this YouTube channel.”

Hunting black bear is legal in Canada and Bowmar released a statement to the Mirrordefending his hunt. “The bear I speared only ran 60 yards 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.”

Bowmar and his wife own a fitness company in Columbus. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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