A former Canadian professional hockey player has been attacked on social media by animal rights celebrities.
Tim Brent, 34, also received death threats from activists after posting an image on Twitter of a bear he killed the Yukon, Canada. Next to post he said: “He spotted us at about 75 yards. Instead of taking off he turned and came right at us. It was very easy to tell this bear owned the valley we were hunting in and wasn’t scared of anything.”
But Brent, who used to play in the National Hockey League, received a huge backlash.
Animal rights supporter and comedian Ricky Gervais mocked his post by saying: “I bet killing this beautiful bear put ‘an awesome stalk’ on Tim too.”
And star of BBC drama Sherlock Amanda Abbington made her feelings known in an extremely strongly worded post, saying: “You are a c***. A stupid, inbred, unfeeling piece of s*** c***.”
Actress Brooke Vincent and writer Grace Dent also added their voices to the chorus of disapproval.
Mr Brent has since shared a threatening message, also said he had received a threatening message from someone saying they would “get a Mexican cartel to put a hit on him.”
He said: “This is what we are up against as hunters and conservationists.”
In another post, he explained on average, a “single Grizzly eats around 40 Moose and Caribou calves during each calving season.”
Others defended Mr Brent, who hunts with his wife Eva Shockey-Brent who is one of the only women to have featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine, a major hunting and outdoor pursuits publications.
One supporter wrote: “This is not a young bear. One of the reasons the older ones are hunted is because they kill and eat cubs. Another is the population has to be controlled for the balance of the food supply for all the animals.”
There are between 6,000 and 7,000 Grizzly bears in the Yukon and although they are classed as ‘vulnerable’ there is no suggestion Mr Brent did anything illegal in hunting the bear.