NHL Star Clayton Stoner Facing Charges For Killing A Grizzly Bear During ‘Illegal Hunt’

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‘Disgusting’: Clayton Stoner, defenseman for Minnesota Wild ice hockey team, posted the photograph of him brandishing the grizzly trophy after a hunting trip last May

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline, Sept 18, 2015

Wildlife campaigners branded his actions ‘disgusting and barbaric’

Ice hockey star Clayton Stoner is facing criminal charges over an alleged illegal grizzly bear hunt in British Colombia in 2013.

The probe was launched after the hockey star was seen on a social media site holding the severed head of a bear.

Environmentalists claimed that the star illegally killed a five-year-old bear in the Kwatna Estuary. He is due to appear in court in Vancouver on October 9.

Stoner faces five potential charges including making a false statement to obtain a hunting licence.

He is also accused of hunting without a licence, hunting wildlife out of season and unlawful possession of dead wildlife.

According to CTV: ‘I grew up hunting and fishing in British Columbia and continue to enjoy spending time with my family outdoors.

‘I love to hunt and fish and will continue to do so with my family and friends in British Columbia.’

The star said he had shot the bear with some friends, cut off its head and paws before skinning it and leaving its carcass for scavengers in the forest.

But despite fierce criticism from wildlife campaigners, Stoner was unrepentant.

He added: ‘I applied for and received a grizzly bear hunting license through a British Columbia limited entry lottery last winter and shot a grizzly bear with my license while hunting with my father, uncle and a friend in May.

‘I love to hunt and fish and will continue to do so with my family and friends in British Columbia.’

But local environmentalists lashed out at his strong stance on hunting, branding his actions ‘disgusting and barbaric’.

Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said: ‘I don’t think there’s any place for this disgusting, barbaric, so-called sport of trophy-hunting in British Columbia.’

Unrepentant: Stoner, who plays for Minnesota Wild, refused to bow to critics saying he 'loves' to hunt and would continue to do so

Unrepentant: Stoner, who plays for Minnesota Wild, refused to bow to critics saying he ‘loves’ to hunt and would continue to do so.

William Housty of the Heiltsuk First Nations urged authorities to ban the bloodsport, adding: ‘It’s up to Mr Stoner how he wants to proceed from here but we’d encourage him and all other hunters to leave their guns at home.’

The row has reignited passions over an issue that has long divided the state of British Columbia.

Lucrative: The provincial government hands out 300 licences to hunt grizzly bears, pictured.

Lucrative: The provincial government hands out 300 licences to hunt grizzly bears, pictured.

The provincial government hands out 300 licences each year. Hunting generates more than $300-million in annual revenue.

Saying Stoner’s trophy-hunt made him ‘sick and angry’, Jason Moody of the Nuxalk First Nation urged the hockey player to return with a camera instead of a gun.

‘I want to talk to him,’ he said. ‘I want to try to change his mind – I think it’s a bad habit that he’s got that’s maybe been taught to him.’

Stoner, who is 6ft 4ins and has an official hunting licence, finished last season with 10 assists in 48 games for Minnesota Wild.

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