It's unclear, Knowles says, where the video's hunt took place. "We had a biologist comment on it and they thought it was in British Columbia or maybe Alaska. We can't confirm." However, Knowles says, what is more important is what it represents: "It reflects how the trophy hunting of grizzly bears looks. This isn't a one-off. This is how it happens."
In the 2013–2014 grizzly season, 300 to 400 bears were killed, he says. A 2013 poll found 87 percent of British Columbians favored banning trophy hunting for bears.
Knowles says the video adds to the growing, global debate over trophy hunting: "After the hunting of Cecil [the lion] in Zimbabwe, the treatment of wildlife has come to the forefront. And people are now getting used to seeing the photos of dead wild animals," he says.
"But to see the video," he says, "it really shows how brutal it all is.
To find out more information about the grizzly hunt in Canada, refer to the Vancouver Observer's special report: Trophy Hunt.