People on the Internet don’t like it when you kill animals for sport, pleasure, or to fill in some kind of endless void in your soul. Maybe it’s because nature is amazing and animals can’t defend themselves against sophisticated weaponry.
Well, Canadian TV host Steve Ecklund went out to the wilds of northern Alberta and killed himself a giant cougar. He then posted some pictures of himself on his Facebook wall with the dead animal, beaming like a Cub Scout who just won the Pinewood Derby. His dog also appears in some of the photos, looking a little terrified of the vanquished beast, but also a little ashamed of his human master. (Warning: If you don’t want to see a picture of Ecklund with his kill, just scroll down the page.)
To be fair, Ecklund is an experienced outdoorsman who encourages responsible and safe hunting practices. He hosts an outdoors TV show called The Edge, and everything he did up in Cougar Town was completely legal. Ecklund also at least ate the animal’s meat — he made a stir-fry out of cougar flesh. Nevertheless, posting ghoulish photos and bragging about hunting down an unsuspecting animal is just naturally going to get a guy roasted on social media.
The sheer audacity of taking a picture with this beayrif creature is beyond comprehension!
Too bad the cat didn’t have a similar weapon with which to defend itself!!!
— DeeZee (@dzzoom2_dan) December 21, 2017
Agreed don’t get why hunters are so proud they killed an animal with a high powered weapon like they performed some great athletic feat. I guess that is why we don’t like it.
— Gardner Mackay (@GardMackay) December 21, 2017
So his dogs exsaust it up a tree so he can shoot it ? Big man .
— Christopher (@christpher44) December 21, 2017
Maybe he should take that smile off his face. Sometimes it’s very hard for me to the read something when the title or picture is heartbreaking.
— Glenda (@NanananaBrown) December 21, 2017
Only defence against a bad guy with a gun is a good cat with a gun.
— John C. Baker (@jcb10) December 21, 2017
Laureen Harper, Canada’s former First Lady and an avid hunter herself, really let Ecklund have it.
What a creep. Chasing a cougar with dogs until they are exhausted then shooting a scared, cornered and tired animal. Must be compensating for something, small penis probably.https://t.co/UspnQEdWdL
— Laureen Harper (@LaureenHarper) December 21, 2017
I have no problem with hunting for food. It’s organic and lives the way it’s supposed to live. But this kind of hunting is sick and I’d like to kick him In the balls
— Jason Dorey (@Jaydorey3) December 21, 2017
He didn’t need the cheesy smiling picture. Nothing wrong with hunting and showing the animal due respect, especially after the kill.
— Ricky (@prbsports) December 21, 2017
Should fly this guy out to kill some starving polar bears,
— Darwin (@DarwinVsGod) December 21, 2017
Hope this goes viral how shameful and IF he did not have the dogs to help him he’ll be running scared So disgusting he parades on this👎🏻
— John C. (@johnc158) December 21, 2017