Identifying grizzly killers a priority: reward offered

Yesterday we told you to not watch the now infamous video of a grizzly being shot and tortured by two unidentified killers. Today, we’re telling you to watch it – because justice is needed.

In a media release sent this morning, The Fur-Bearers announced a $2,500 reward to push for identification and investigation of the killers, with the ultimate goal of charges being pressed.

The video was filmed by at least two hunters, who laugh maniacally and gleefully mock a grizzly bear they shoot multiple times. They watch as, covered in blood, he desperately tries to escape, only to fall down a snowy embankment and lay forever still.

“There is a lot we don’t know about the individuals in this video,” we said in our media release. “But the behaviour of the speakers and the treatment of the bear warrant investigation. We need the public to watch the video, listen to the voices, and provide information to authorities.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the BC SPCA call centre at 1-855-622-7722. A $2,500 reward will be given to the tipster by The Fur-Bearers if identification and investigation lead to prosecution under federal or provincial regulations.

It’s possible that the killing of this bear was lawful. That does not mean, however, that no criminal or wildlife act violations occurred. We need a full, formal investigation to take place – and we need Premier Christy Clark to recognize that the public will not stand for these atrocious actions, regardless of the policy of the day.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Please be advised that the video below is extremely graphic and will be upsetting to many who view it. Discretion is advised.


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