Spear-hunting is being banned in Alberta.
“Albertans know that spear-hunting is not safe,” Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said.
The province has updated hunting rules to ensure big game animals do not suffer unnecessarily and to discourage reckless hunting.
The maximum penalty for using a prohibited weapon is $50,000 fine and one year in jail. If threatened or endangered species are involved, the penalty doubles.
The video, posted on YouTube by hunter Josh Bowmar, showed a bear being baited before the spear, with a camera attached, was launched at the animal from 11 to 14 metres away. The video also showed the man celebrating when the bear was hit.
After the video caused uproar on social media, the province consulted with hunting groups and Alberta Environment and Parks received more than 3,900 responses from the public about the new regulations. Phillips said most supported the prohibition.