A HUNTER has been slammed for posing with her “trophy” mountain lion kill and flaunting the animal’s blood on her freshly manicured nails.
Mum Franchesca Esplin shared gruesome pictures from the hunt on her Facebook, boasting the kill put her on “cloud nine” and has been “at the top of my bucket list forever”.
Franchesca Esplin has been slammed for posing with her ‘trophy’ mountain lion kill and flaunting the animal’s blood on her freshly manicured nails[/caption]
She posed with the carcass of the majestic beast[/caption]
But her post sparked outrage online, with conservation group Prairie Protection Colorado (PPC) calling for an end to the “insanity of killing for pleasure”.
They described how a video from the hunt shows the “sadistic killer” shooting the mountain lion as he is seeking safety in the top of the tree after numerous hounds chased him there.
“This lion killer was showing off how this was the best experience of her life,” the group wrote.
“This is the mentality of people who kill predator species for sport and fun.”
Others commented on the post, saying: “Disgusting, this makes me sick!
“How could someone enjoy taking the life of this majestic animal? Beyond sad.”
Jennifer Nunley wrote: “Imagine the killing of a wild animal being ‘the top of your bucket list forever’.”
Sickening footage shows Esplin grinning after shooting the mountain lion dead as it tried to hide in a snow-covered tree,
The bloody images and video were taken during a December 2018 hunting trip.
When she shared the pictures of the hunt, Esplin wrote: “I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to harvest this amazing tom.
“Being there in person…is hands down the most amazing thing to experience.
“I’m so dang happy.”
She added that she has come away from the hunt with “great memories”.
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After her post attracted criticism, she defended herself by saying the hunt was “completely legal”.
Under the current rules of the Department of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, mountain lion hunters are required to obtain a lion license and have it with them during the hunt.
A representative from Colorado Parks and Wildlife told Fox 31 that he believes Esplin’s catch was lawful and that there is no reason to investigate the hunt.