A Canadian TV personality is taking a lot of heat online after boasting about how he killed and stir-fried an Alberta mountain lion.
Yeah, you read that right.
Steve Ecklund, who's the host of the outdoor show The Edge, is receiving death threats, hundreds of angry comments and even a "small dick" comment from the wife of a former prime minister for killing the cougar.
Ecklund detailed how he hunted down the large animal and what he did with it afterwards in a series of posts to Facebook.“The entire animal is completely used," he captioned one image, "all meat processed, hide will go into a beauty mount, skull will end up a decorative piece."
He described the hunt as “an unreal ending to a fun filled season" before posting another image showing a stir-fry made from cougar meat with the caption “The end result.....a stir-fry feast.”
While cougar hunting is legal in Alberta, many people, including Stephen Harper's wife Laureen, responded to Ecklund’s posts with anger.
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
Harper, who once hosted a cat video festival, tweeted: “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.”
Her tweet was preceded and followed by a series of irate messages from fellow Twitter users, all condemning Ecklund and his kill. By Thursday, the online calamity had turned into a full-blown discussion about the merits of big-game hunting, with a university wildlife biologist, outfitters and Wild TV coming out in defence of Ecklund.
The TV personality wrote on Facebook that hunting mountain lions is part of predator control, population management, and conservation. He also said he'd received "754 swear words" and "13 confirmed death threats" in response to his posts.
His TV show, The Edge, is described on its website as "the ultimate struggle to conquer nature, or be defeated by it," while his bio describes the thrill of the hunt being "a lifelong obsession" for him "since a very early age".