The hunter had previously left bait for the bear and awaited his target from behind the trees. When the bear was no more than ten metres away, he launched his huge weapon at the animal, catching him in his side.
The poor bear bolted straight away, but had already been fatally injured.
But the deed is done and his "defence" is hardly convincing. Outrage has turned to fury on social media and the hunter has been receiving death threats ever since.
Hunting with spears soon to be banned in Alberta
Though hunting with spears is legalin the Canadian province of Alberta, where there are about 40,000 black bears, the local authorities have said they are launching an investigation to determine whether or not Josh Bowmar will be prosecuted for his actions.But on Tuesday August 16, they announced the only positive result to come out of this: they will introduce a ban on the "archaic and unacceptable" practice of spear hunting this fall.