Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner photographed holding severed grizzly bear head [PHOTOS]

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Stoner has played for the Wild since 2009.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner is taking some heat for killing a grizzly bear in his native British Columbia and then being photographed with the bear's severed head and paws.

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Stoner, 28, says he had a government-issued license to hunt grizzlies. But aboriginals who live in the Kwatna estuary area declared a ban on "the trophy bear hunt" last year and argue humans have no business shooting grizzlies in a region known for ecotourism.

First, here's the photo of Stoner posing with the severed head of a five-year-old male grizzly nicknamed Cheeky, along with a graphic shot of the rest of the bear's carcass. (According to the Vancouver Sun, the shots were taken by two native technicians conducting grizzly work on the estuary that day): You can view more photos here.

After the images were acquired and published by the Sun, Stoner released the following statement earlier this week:
I grew up hunting and fishing in British Columbia and continue to enjoy spending time with my family outdoors. I applied for and received a grizzly bear hunting licence through a British Columbia limited-entry lottery last winter and shot a grizzly bear with my licence 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.
A report from The Globe and Mail details why aboriginals oppose bear hunting in the area:
The Coastal First Nations say the hunt should not have been allowed, because ecotourism is hugely popular throughout the region and bears have become so accustomed to people with cameras that they don't fear those with guns.

"My grandmother could shoot a grizzly," bear viewing guide Doug Neasloss of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation said when asked how hard it would be for a hunter to get close to a bear like Cheeky.

Mr. Neasloss said bear viewing and bear hunting are activities that shouldn't happen in the same area.

"This is totally wrong ... allowing this sport to happen," agreed William Housty, a member of the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella.
The Globe and Mail reports that the British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service "is gathering information to determine if there was a violation of the Wildlife Act in this case."

But some argue there's no problem with bear hunting in the Kwatna estuary. For instance, Scott Ellis, executive director of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., told the Sun that bear hunting regulations in the area are "not the First Nations' jurisdiction."

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Sarah Beth Lewis
Sarah Beth Lewis

since when was city pages a written by gossipy little girls with a negative attitude. seriously second time today they made themselves look like a tabloid instead writing about informative fun stuff thats going on in the twin cities. seriously fire who ever you hired city pages no one gives a shit about a severed grizzly head.

Nick Benedict
Nick Benedict

I fish and hunt, does that make me a psychopath?

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

Trophy hunters are assholes, period, as soon as you said "He shot a grizzly" my reaction is "Wow, douche bag much?"  Who cares if it's legal, trophy hunting is wrong on nearly every level.  Nobody eats grizzly, so the body did not get "Quartered" to be hauled out, it was skinned, decapitated, and left.  Dogs won't even eat grizzly bear meat.  Anybody who engages in trophy hunting is an asshole.  Killing an animal for fun and glory of the self is wrong.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

harvested? you and your kind grossly misuse that term.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

sorry but the dude's a douche. Q: Who kills for fun? A: Psychopaths it would be a fair hunt if he chased it and killed it with his bare hands but you and i both know that could never happen. it's all about ego and macho bullshit

OrangeDroogie
OrangeDroogie

Sure are a lot of confused readers on the City Pages comment board today! Shall we break this down for those who can't comprehend why this is being reported on? 

1. Clayton Stoner is a professional athlete in MN, so that gives him a bump. 

2. He shot and killed a grizzly. Kind of a big deal in general. Still not a story... yet. 

3. He claims to have legally shot it, however, the people that LIVE in the area have banned trophy hunting in that area and have been working extremely hard to make it illegal to hunt bears there. 

4. Because of #3, Clayton Stoner is a massive dickhead. He shot and killed a bear for his own amusement in a place where he was not welcome, and this is just speculation, but I'm betting he knew he wasn't supposed to hunt there. Whether he did it legally or not is moot, he is still a huge dick for doing that. Furthermore, he was called out as being a pussy for choosing that particular location, where bears have become desensitized to people due to tourism. As Mr. Doug Neasloss put it, "My grandmother could shoot a grizzly." 

5. The part of this story that really tells me Mr. Stoner is a massive dickhead is in his response. Obviously this man enjoys killing things and gets a rush from it, and he shows no remorse or consideration for the native people whose land he was on and who have been begging people to stop fucking hunting bears there. 

6. For Those of you crying, "Where's the story here?" all it took was one click on one of the linked articles to find out more about why this is a story. Yes, Mr. Rupar probably could have done a much better job detailing why this matters and why this is a story, but don't blame him for your own laziness and inability to click on a link he provided. One important point that was missed- there is already a documentary about the area and this particular kill is included in it. They even had a name for the bear, for Christ's sake. And this dude (Stoner) just strolled in, shot it to death and left with nothing more to say than, "I like hunting and I'm not gonna stop." No one said he has to stop hunting. Just do it in a place where there aren't giant signs that say, "TROPHY HUNTING CLOSED" 


Think of it this way: The native people are living there, enjoying their wilderness lives among the bears and other critters. They've been there for a long-ass time. They hunt for subsistence; they hunt because that is how they get their food and how they survive. Then this multi-million dollar city boy comes to their land, shoots one of their bear-friends so he can hang it up on his wall and leaves without even saying he's sorry. Yeah. That's pretty fucked up. 

Joey LeMay
Joey LeMay

What about the severed bear head on the Wild jerseys? There needs to be a story on the logo designer and their twisted design.

John Quast
John Quast

He should hunt down that ridiculous man-bear-pig mascot the Wild has. Can you get a "Nordy" permit? I wonder what they taste like.

Nick Benedict
Nick Benedict

The issue we really need to be focusing on is what type of season will Clayton have this year; not whether or not the guy can hunt. Can he have a productive season?

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Then the issue is between the Canadian government that issued the permit and the aboriginals that don't BELIEVE bears should be hunted there. The issue is not with Clayton Stoner legally taking a bear in that area.

Ashley Ghilardi
Ashley Ghilardi

I guess everyone decided to skip over the "But aboriginals who live in the Kwatna estuary area declared a ban on "the trophy bear hunt" last year and argue humans have no business shooting grizzles in a region known for ecotourism." part and didn't read the rest of it. Ya know, cuz screw the people who actually live there.

Erica
Erica

Stay classy Clayton Stoner. Douchebag.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

It's very common when hunting in terrain like that to quarter up the animal to make it easier for transport. I know the headline would make you believe that he did it out of pure blood lust. But sorry that's just not the case here.

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

Why is this a story? Did not know CP was an outdoor hunting new outlet now, he legally harvested a grizzly great for him. I would take pictures as well, the reason the head and paws are removed is because you pack our the animal and the head and paws is all you need to have the bear mounted, the skin is removed and rest is quartered for transportation and shipping...

Leonard Hanson
Leonard Hanson

ummm, where is the story, glad you had a good hunt buddy,...

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Some wonderful journalism! That's why you work for the City Pages and not a major outlet!

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Bears can smell the menstruation.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

You should post stories about every other professional athlete that hunts legally also. Hope your schedule is clear for the next few months.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

"Stoner, 28, says he had a government-issued license to hunt grizzles."

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Sarah Beth Lewis 38 comments, including two from you, would suggest otherwise.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@Nick Benedict trophy hunting is not the same, if you kill animals without a concern for using the animal and respecting it's place in nature, then you are a trophy hunter, if you hunt and fish for food (I do this) then not the same.  I have never killed an animal so I could hang some of it on a wall and show it off, that is the act of a douche bag.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mohanlon3 I agree trophy hunting is pretty dickish behavior, but LOTs of things will eat a grizzly carcass.  I would expect wolves to have it gone in a day or two, but there's plenty of other things out there that would clean up if they didn't.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@Elisa Maria if it had been harvested, he would have kept more than the paws skin and head...  I agree, this term does not apply.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@Erica Stay completely ignorant of the situation Erica.  Moron.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@Alex Browne he didn't quarter the animal, he left it to rot.  The locals made a note and comment of that in their local news.  The guy didn't even bother to get the carcass out of the preserve to give to someone to feed their sled dogs.  He is a douche bag.  If you use all the animal and respect it's place, that's hunting, if you kill it, take the head and paws and leave the 500+lbs of meat to rot, ='s douche bag.  And yes, I am a hunter, and yes, I have donated meat to locals when we couldn't transport it out of the place we encamped safely.  We never took more than our limit, and went out of our way to make sure ALL the meat was used, even if WE couldn't.  That is the act of a humane hunter.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@_Joe_ @mohanlon3 agreed, I meant as in "People and animals in your home won't eat this" certainly lots of wild critters will.  Add to it that they probably baited this bear to shoot it, and the bear was used to being baited to have photos taken, this is a particularly suburban douche bag sort of act to commit.  They basically shot a domesticated animal in hunting terms.  Not a pet, but one trained and conditioned to trust humans.  This guy is an asshole.

Erica
Erica

@TwinTown77 @Erica  Whatever jackass. While I have no problems with hunting for food, hunting for sport and proudly displaying it all over the internet is truly tasteless. Stoner proves my previous statement right. And you are just as DUMB as he is because you have nothing intelligent to offer.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@Erica @TwinTown77 Blah blah blah.  Yes, calling people you don't even know names brings so much to the conversation and is beyond intelligent.

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