A former National Hockey League player from Canada has come under social media outrage after he tweeted about killing a grizzly bear. Tim Brent, who used to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, posted a photo of himself with the dead bear boasting he had “put an awesome stalk on him.”
And on his Facebook page, Brent explained his hunt for the bear and followed up just a few days later of his killing of “his” Yukon moose which he said “absolutely humbled” him.
“So this is the Mountain Grizzly Bear! We put an awesome stalk on him but he spotted us about 75 yards away. Instead of taking off, I think he thought we were an easy meal and started heading right at us. It was very easy to tell by his posturing that this boar[sic] owned the valley we were hunting and wasn’t scared of anything! When he got to 25 steps he stopped for a split second. My heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest, but the 30 Nosler did the job and stopped him in his tracks. Couldn’t be more thrilled to take a world class mountain Grizzly in one of the most beautiful settings in the world!!!”
As to the hunting and killing of the moose, Brent, 35, posted additional photos stating:
“MY YUKON MOOSE
I am absolutely humbled by this animal. We all have times we hunt hard and don’t get rewarded, and then every once in awhile we get lucky and are in the right place at the right time (having a pretty awesome father-in-law doesn’t hurt either!). The stars definitely aligned in the Yukon when I spotted this giant bull in the willows. I am thankful and I will never forget this moment in time, with family, in the most beautiful place on earth. This is a moose of a lifetime!!!”
Brent was immediately met with social media outrage for his hunting of grizzly bears believed to be shrinking in population in the Yukon region of Canada as the direct result of hunting. Experts state there are less than 7,000 left in the area, yet hunters continue to kill them. The loss of the female bears has made a significant decrease in the grizzly population. Hunting remains legal in the area; a license fee to kill a grizzly is $750.
While posting on Twitter, Brent received thousands of derogatory comments; one coming from animal activist comedian Ricky Gervais who tweeted in response.
“I bet killing this beautiful bear put ‘an awesome stalk’ on Tim too.”
Most people called the photos disgusting as the insults hurdled at Brent went continued. Brent later tweeted he had received death threats, however Twitter responded stating there had been no violations of the Twitter rules since there had been no direct threats.
“Dear God, take this vile creep who is killing the last, beautiful wild animals of the planet and calling it “sport”. Let @Brenter37 feel the fear and pain suffered by this bear. Rid us of trophy hunters and their disgusting, small penis egos. RID US OF IDIOTS LIKE TIM BRENT.”
Brent responded by calling out those against “hunters and conservationists.”
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