By Gillian Mohney
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.
Melissa Bachman posted a photo to her Facebook account 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, 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 have signed the petition as of Saturday morning. 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."
The hunt where Bachman killed the lion was conducted on the land of the Maroi Conservancy. The conservancy is based in the Limpopo province in South Africa and their motto is "conservation through sustainable hunting." More....