B.C.-born NHL player Clayton Stoner at centre of grizzly bear shooting controversy

Coastal First Nations are upset with the killing in the spring bear hunt of a large male grizzly in the Kwatna estuary on the central coast

A National Hockey League player who hails from Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island is embroiled in a controversy over the shooting of a grizzly bear in an area of the B.C. coast that aboriginals have declared off-limits to trophy hunting.

Clayton Stoner, a defenceman with the Minnesota Wild, issued a statement Tuesday after The Vancouver Sun obtained photos of him with the severed head and a paw of the grizzly he shot last spring in the Kwatna estuary, midway between Bella Coola and Bella Bella.

“I grew up hunting and fishing in British Columbia and continue to enjoy spending time with my family outdoors,” said Stoner, 28. “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.”

The group, Coastal First Nations, is holding a news conference on Wednesday in Vancouver to release a film on trophy hunting, including the killing of the five-year-old male grizzly nicknamed Cheeky.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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