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Looking through the scope of a high powered hunting rifle, an excited boy of nine celebrates his birthday by shooting dead a majestic brown bear.
Reed Sutley shouted “yeah” after firing the fatal shot.
The delighted lad and four pals then giggled at the grisly birthday party as they chatted about the killing.
Reed boasted: “We saw eight bears – one down and seven more to go.”
The boys were taken on the trip by Reed’s dad, Greg, who filmed the killing and posted the footage online.
The video – which has emerged as part of a Mirror investigation – shows Reed and his school friends perched in a lair high above the ground.
Whispering and waiting on the wooden platform in a tree, they watched the bears that were lured to the area with bait provided by Mr Sutley.
An adult then took the gun from a collection of weapons and passed it to Reed.
The boy can hardly contain his glee as he prepared to kill.
Reed took aim as two bears gorged on the food.
His dad gave encouragement and told the lad to shoot the animal that was lying on the floor while it ate.
A single bullet is fired and the animal collapses as Reed celebrates the slaying and the other bear runs away.
After filming the birthday party in Alberta, Canada, hunter Mr Sutley posted the harrowing three-minute video – called “9 Year Old Shoots First Bear at Birthday Party” – on YouTube.
The proud dad bragged on his YouTube page: “Reed took his first bear with a perfect shot!”
His footage has attracted outrage, with one YouTube user saying: “Words cannot describe how disgusting this is.
“Greg mate, you should be ashamed of yourself bringing kids out on a road trip for the soul purpose of killing an innocent animal… Why the f*** are these kids laughing… after they killed it?”
Canadian Mr Sutley runs a hunting company in Alberta which charges up to £5,500 for those wanting to follow in the footsteps of Walter Palmer, the US dentist who killed Cecil the lion and has shot dead black bears with a bow and arrow.
The Mirror’s probe into Canada’s cruel hunters found the use of the term “hunter” in parts of North America is not a true reflection of these sickening expeditions.
Images of people tracking animals for days were shown to be myths.
In fact, companies like Mr Sutley’s lure their quarry to their death using barrels filled with beaver tails, doughnuts and maple syrup.
Hunters sit comfortably in hides or trees waiting to kill their prey. The animals are shot dead from yards away.
As part of our investigation we watched as eager trophy hunters descended on Alberta to kill baited bears.
US beauty queen Brittany York, who describes herself on her social media pages as an “animal lover”, is among those who have recently been to the region to hunt.
Last month the 25-year-old along with her dad Richard, 49, travelled more than 2,000 miles via Dallas to Edmonton.
It was her second hunting trip this year to Alberta after killing a bear three months earlier.
Often boasting about her skills she regularly posts graphic pictures and videos of her hunts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
After practising with her bow, Miss York and her party drove in convoy, taking two 4×4 trucks and towing two off-road vehicles to Halliards Bay where her guide and his team bait the area.
For four days the group sat as bears weighing up to 30st and standing 7ft tall ate in front of them, waiting until they found what they thought would make an acceptable kill.
Last Thursday Ms York, who was crowned Miss North Carolina in 2011, published a photo of her dad on Instagram, holding the paw of one of their kills. “Great job, Daddy!” she wrote.
The beauty queen justifies her hobby by claiming she only hunts to eat. But she has been slammed.
One critic said on Facebook: “You call yourself an animal lover when your own cover picture is you smiling disgustingly with a dead animal? You’re despicable.”
Despite repeated attempts to contact Mr Sutley and Miss York, both were unavailable for comment.
The hunts are licensed and there is no suggestion that anything illegal has been done.
Mr Sutley runs his Smoky River Outfitting business from his home in Debolt, Alberta.
The video of his son was published online last year but it has only just been unearthed.
Our probe has also found that hunters can kill bears for as little as £67.