David Booth has been completely open about his affinity for hunting since he came to Vancouver. At that time, we were all a little bummed to have lost bear fighter extraordinaire Tanner Glass to the Winnipeg Jets, so the fact that Mike Gillis went out and got another bear fighter to take his place was amusing.
Booth discussed his bear hunting on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours, talking about how the black bears he hunts “eat up all the blueberries, and we don’t want that.” We chuckled. How quaint. And heck, even when Booth tweeted on Monday that he was “In Alberta trying to kill a few Bruins,” we laughed and made jokes about how we hoped he wasn’t sitting outside Alberta-born Johnny Boychuk’s house.
But then on Tuesday Booth actually tweeted a photo of a dead black bear and suddenly everything got real and everyone was horrified.
Just killed a Chara sized bruin! 7ft black bear- 21in skull. twitter.com/D_Booth7/statu…
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) May 1, 2012
Reaction to this image varied. Some laughed at the amusing but perhaps-in-poor-taste Zdeno Chara joke. Others marvelled at the size of the bear.
But many were simply filled with disgust. No doubt for any Canucks fan that finds hunting distasteful, having a member of the team tweet a photo of a dead black bear is a little disheartening. And many said so, albeit not as tactfully. Many of Booth’s mentions were ugly, nasty, and expletive-filled.
I can’t say I agree with the practice of hunting bears for sport, but I would point out that Booth and his posse weren’t doing anything illegal. I’d also point out that, if you’re a carnivore, at some point that meat was on a living animal. I’ll admit that it’s a little different when that animal’s dead body is twitpic’d into your feed, but still.
Anyway. More enjoyable than watching people rip David Booth for something he never tried to hide was watching people make jokes about it. I saw a number of “If the bear had hidden in a net, Booth would have missed him” zingers, for instance.
Kevin Bieksa’s line was nice as well: “Impressive Dave! Did he have a crossbow also?”
But the best joke I heard comes courtesy our pal @strombone1, strongly suspected — very, very strongly — to be Roberto Luongo.
“@perdjoos:can you weigh in on the bear that booth just slayed?” looks like they shot a guy in a bear costume and trying to cover it up!
—Strombone (@strombone1) May 1, 2012
Awesome.Tags: bear hunting, canucks on twitter, david booth, strombone1, the horror the horror, The Twitters