While out in the wood, a young woman named Franchesca Esplin took her gun and pointed it at a big cat. Besides taking aim at the mountain lion in front of her, Esplin then posted photos of herself, covered in its blood as she smiles from ear to ear proud of the kill. The public has responded with outrage at the young Colorado hunter, as local wildlife officials decide whether or not they’re going to investigate the legality of what she has done.
However, it seems that the trophy hunt was in accordance with the laws of the land. But the way that the kill seemed to bring such unbridled joy to the face of the young woman was what sparked outrage among the public. To kill another living being is a big responsibility, not something to laugh and smile about.
After she posted the bloody photos online, the Prairie Protection Colorado group, which hopes to work so there will be wildlife for future generations to enjoy, posted Esplin’s images on its page as a way to inform its 7,000 followers. Not only did the group raise awareness among its followers, but it also got millions of other people to pay attention to the story.
The group wrote, “This is the mentality of people who kill predator species for sport and fun,” the post said. “Make no mistake that Colorado’s wildlife policies and officials support this insane looting of Colorado’s wildlife. It is OUR RESPONSIBILITY as people who care about wildlife to END the insanity of killing for pleasure.”
They added that “California banned mountain lion hunting in 1971 with a moratorium and then, after lifting the ban in 1986, brought forward a ballot measure that banned hunting of mountain lions in 1990. Since these regulations have been in place, California has had relatively fewer mountain lion attacks on humans per capita and per amount of suitable habitat than a number of states with sport hunting. Moreover, California also reported losing a smaller percentage of domestic sheep than most states with sport hunting of mountain lions.”
“Ethical hunting” is something that executive director of PPC Deanne Meyer is in full support of. However, she does not feel that Esplin’s kill is ethical. Instead, it is the “elation” in the photo that made her worry.
In Esplin’s post, she described how she was on “cloud nine” after killing the big cat and how the killing scenario had been “at the top of my bucket list forever.”
As more and more people see Esplin’s bloody images, the family has faced a lot of criticism. Esplin deleted her online accounts because she could not handle the backlash.
Because the young woman has not been able to handle the pressure, the PPC adjusted its original message to claim that it’s attack was never meant to “specifically target Franny” but to target “the mentality of trophy hunters” who are out to seek glory and blood.
What do you make of the trophy kill by Franchesca Esplin? Do you think it was okay or was it wrong for her to do it?
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