TV Personality Sparks Outrage After Killing Cougar (Photo)

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A Canadian TV personality is facing backlash on social media after posting a picture of himself smiling next to a cougar he killed during a hunting expedition.

Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor hunting show "The Edge," bragged about killing the mountain cat on Dec. 3 on his Facebook page, posting multiple pictures of himself posing with the animal's body. He also posted a picture of himself making a stir fry from the animal's meat.

His photos have led to some harsh condemnation, including from Laureen Harper, the wife of Canada's former prime minister.

"What a creep," she wrote in a Dec. 20 tweet. "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."

Laureen and her husband, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are known animal lovers and have rescued a number of cats during their tenure in office.

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Some Twitter users couldn't believe Laureen's harsh words, as she's known to be reserved. She published another tweet, assuring her followers she did, in fact, post the verbal attack against Ecklund.

"Wasn’t hacked," she wrote in her follow-up tweet. "I was really angry that some guy flies all the way to Alberta to kill a magnificent cougar, so he can make a stir fry."

Laureen wasn't the only one upset with Ecklund's post. The pictures received dozens of harsh comments.

"A senseless killing ... and something to be ashamed of for the rest of your pointless life. Loser," wrote one Facebook user, according to HuffPost.

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Ecklund, a nationally recognized archer, showed little remorse for his actions and instead continued to brag about his kill on Facebook.

"If you can guess what post has 900 likes, 450 comments, 13 confirmed death threats, 754 swear words and one very happy hunter in it ... I will enter your name into the draw for the new cougar cook book, filled with mouth water recipes for your next mountain lion hunt," he wrote on Dec. 4.

Not all the comments were negative, however. Some defended Ecklund's right to hunt. 

"Awesome harvest Steve!" wrote one Facebook user. "Keep up the good work and ignore these simpletons, clearly they haven't a clue how the world works and are out of touch with reality."

Cougars in Alberta are not considered endangered and are legal to hunt from Sept. 1 to the end of February for residents, and from Dec. 1 to the end of February for non-residents. 

Sources: BBC News,HuffPost / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Steve Ecklund/Facebook via BBC News

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