Online outrage after Canadian TV host kills cougar in northern Alberta

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EDMONTON — A Canadian TV personality is taking heat online after he killed a cougar in northern Alberta.

Steve Ecklund, who’s the host of the outdoor show “The Edge,” bragged about hunting the huge cat earlier this month.

“What an unreal ending to a fun filled season,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Dec. 3.

“Northern Alberta lion with BIG CAT ADVENTURES Brian and Claudette Chorney … can’t thank you guys enough for the eye opener into your world of houndsmen.”

Ecklund posted several photos of him holding the dead cougar and another of him making a stir-fry from the meat.

His posts triggered outrage online: dozens of people have criticized the post, including Laureen Harper, the wife of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

“What a creep. Chasing a cougar with dogs until they are exhausted then shooting a scared, cornered and tired animal,” Harper said in a post on Twitter.

“Must be compensating for something, small penis probably.”

When asked if her Twitter account had been hacked, she said no. Harper defended her comments, saying she comes from a family that hunts and fishes.

“Killing for fun makes me sick,” she said.

“Wasn’t hacked. 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.”

Others took to Facebook to condemn Ecklund.

“A senseless killing … and something to be ashamed of for the rest of your pointless life. Loser,” wrote one Facebook user, Rich Voysey.

Neither Ecklund nor the Chorneys have responded to requests for comment, but he didn’t back down in subsequent posts about the hunt.

“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,” Ecklund wrote in a Dec. 4 post.

Others on social media defended Ecklund’s right to hunt the cougar.

“Awesome harvest Steve!” said Facebook user, Mitchell Jones. “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.”

Cougar hunting is legal in Alberta from Sept. 1 to the end of February for residents, and from Dec. 1 to the end of February for non-residents.

The Canadian Press

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  1. I have never tried cougar myself but i know people who have and they say its delicious. I myself couldn’t kill it and eat it. We used to have cougars in New Brunswick way back years ago but they were hunted to extinction in our province.

  2. I understand hunting to feed your family, hunting to thin the herd also sort of … but hunting with dogs chasing and cornering an animal is not hunting , it is cruel, senseless and unfair. What a shame.

  3. It’s not what I would with a cougar. I would try to befriend it and almost certainly get savage mauled. Maybe, just maybe we would make eye contact and in that moment something magical. The line between man and beast might evaporate. We would be 2 beings, living in the moment recognizing each other as beautiful originals of creation. It’s a possibility that will now never be realized because the cougar is dead. Also because I’d rather swim with sharks then find myself in Alberta. They’re the Texas of Canada. They scare the shit outta me.

  4. Honestly, if he used the meat off of it I see no issue, if he didn’t use anything from the animal and just had it mounted on his wall that’s another story. nothing wrong with hunting and eating your prize.

  5. If you aren’t a vegan, you should really think before you post negatively about this. The animal lived a good life, and was harvested ethically according to the law. Why is eating a cow so much better? Because they’re “ugly”? Or because they were raised for their meat? Death is death; at least the cougar had a good life.

    • Wow Frank, aren’t you just a civil individual? Ever heard of predator control? It’s when certain predators whose populations grow to an unsustainable level are set for legal hunting to prevent mass die-offs of both the predator population, as well as their prey populations. That’s literally why Alberta has a cougar season.

  6. He’s getting his 15 minutes of fame for stalking and killing a beautiful creature that never did him any harm. He must be so proud of his reality TV show “accomplishment.” 🤦‍♂️

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