The video is eerily reminiscent of the death of Cecil the lion, who was also lured from the protection of his home with bait food. While many people associate big game hunting with countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe, trophy hunting is thriving in the U.S. and Canada.
Greg Sutley, the father, makes his living off of it: He's the owner of Smoky River Outfitting, a hunting company in Alberta, Canada, whose website is filled with photos of trophy hunters grinning above the corpses of Canadian wildlife. Most of his hunts appear to be as unfair as this one.
"I use beavers, honey, cookies and grain with a lot of deep fryer grease [to bait the bears]," he writes of the black bear hunts he leads. "These baits are baited a minimum of 10 days in advance this ensures daily activity with multiple black bears. This hunt can be done from a ground blind or tree stand you will get a rush either way when a big boar comes waddling in."
This video was unearthed by the Mirror as part of an investigation into Canadian hunting practices, and the outlet said hunts like these are the reality of trophy hunting, not the rugged man v. wild encounters that most people think of.
"The use of the term 'hunter' in parts of North America is not a true reflection of these sickening expeditions," the Mirror wrote. "Hunters sit comfortably in hides or trees ... the animals are shot dead from yards away."
Sutley removed the video from his YouTube channel on Friday afternoon, but you can watch a repost below.