An ex-NHL player is not backing down after stirring up controversy with his recent hunting photos.
“So this is the Mountain Grizzly Bear!” wrote Tim Brent in a Facebook post. “It was very easy to tell by his posturing that this boar owned the valley we were hunting and wasn’t scared of anything!
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!!!”
The post quickly collected over a thousand reactions along with hundreds of comments, many of which harshly criticised Brent.
Brent, who spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes during his NHL career, said he has reported some of the comments for being threatening in nature.
Two days later, Brent faced harsh backlash again after posting another hunting photo, this time with a moose he had also killed in the Yukon.
The Ontario native was hunting legally while in the Yukon, where fall hunting season for grizzlies runs from Aug 1. to Nov. 15. and from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31. for moose.
Despite the criticism, Brent posted a third photo yesterday, captioned "One of the many reasons I hunt! Moose, bear, elk and wild boar fill my family’s freezer!"
The public reaction may not be surprising to everyone, as it's not the first time a public figure has caught fire online for hunting photos.
Last December, outdoor television host Steve Ecklund’s photo with a hunted cougar in Alberta stirred up controversy, prompting the wife of former prime minister Stephen Harper to suggest Ecklund had a small penis after he "bragged" about the hunt on social media.
Proponents of big game hunting argue that the hunt is the traditional method of supplying large quantities of food, while opponents suggest the large animals are often killed as trophy items.
With files from the Canadian Press.