Minnesota Hunting Star Sparks Controversy After Posing with Dead Lion

Updated: 07/28/2015 7:13 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Photo: Melissa Bachman's Facebook page
Photo: Melissa Bachman's Facebook page

A Minnesota-based television presenter and big-game hunter has drawn outrage after she posted a photo of herself posing with a lion she had just shot and killed in South Africa.

There is nothing illegal about the hunt. It was done on a private reserve in South Africa as part of a national hunting show that Melissa Bachman hosts. Still, her actions have sparked a number of responses.

KSTP first introduced you to Bachman last month in a story about how more women are getting involved in hunting.

Bachman posted a photo to her Facebook page of herself smiling next to the carcass of the lion with her rifle in one hand. "An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion,'" Bachman wrote. "What a hunt!"

The photo quickly went viral. It’s been shared more than 350 times and has been liked more than 1,400 times on Facebook.

According to ABC News, the photo is drawing outrage from animal lovers and inspired Cape Town resident Elan Burman to start a change.org petition asking the South African government to ban Bachman from the country for her actions

"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on," the petition reads. "As tax payers we demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its natural resources."

Nearly 15,000 people signed the petition as of Saturday morning, according to ABC News.

Bachman has not publicly responded to her critics and immediate calls to reach her were unsuccessful.

Bachman hosts a hunting show called "Winchester Deadly Passion" that follows her on different hunting trips across America.

In a video on her website, Bachman describes herself as "a hunter to the core" and that hunting has been a part of her life since she "was a little girl."