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Animal activists protest outside Ducks home opener against Clayton Stoner over hunt charges

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - A small group of vocal protesters has gathered outside Honda Center to call for the suspension of Anaheim Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner, who faces charges in Canada for illegally shooting a grizzly bear.

While Ducks fans entered the rink for their home opener Monday night, about 20 protesters held signs and shouted slogans condemning Stoner. He faces five charges for the 2013 hunt on British Columbia's central coast.

Judie Mancuso, the president of Social Compassion in Legislation, compared Stoner to quarterback Michael Vick and Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, whose killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe sparked an international outcry.

Wildlife groups and First Nations leaders have been outraged by Stoner's killing of the bear, named Cheeky. Stoner defended his actions at the time, but hasn't commented recently.

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