The kill also sparked the ire of provincial lawmakers. It's currently legal to hunt black bears in Alberta - as well as neighboring British Columbia. In the U.S., spear hunting is only legal in Alabama. But after the grisly incident in Alberta, its government is scrambling to take crude implements like spears out of the equation.
"Work is well under way to update Alberta's hunting regulations," Alberta Environment and Parks spokesman Tim Chamberlin told the Globe and Mail. "We will introduce a ban on spear hunting this fall as part of those updated regulations ... In the meantime, we have asked Fish and Wildlife officers to investigate this incident to determine if charges are warranted under existing laws."
But Bowmar is standing firm in the face of criticism. Earlier this week, he told the The Mirror his critics have no respect for ancient history.
"You all should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to kill a heritage that has existed for over a million years," he said. "Literally, since the dawn of man, the spear has been a vital role in survival. If (I) didn't care about the humane killing of this bear, why did I spend years preparing and practicing, becoming extremely proficient with a spear to make sure I could harvest this bear ethically?"