WASHINGTON (Circa) — A former professional hockey player received backlash online after he posted photos of a grizzly bear he hunted to Twitter.
Tim Brent, a former Toronto Maple Leafs and California Hurricanes player, shared the photos of himself posing with a large bear in Yukon, Canada.
Alright folks, here is my Mountain Grizzly! We put an awesome stalk on him but 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 boar owned the valley we were hunting in and wasn’t scared of anything! When he… pic.twitter.com/CkgybKe5Mc— Tim Brent (@Brenter37) September 10, 2018
In a Twitter post, Brent wrote, “Alright folks, here is my Mountain Grizzly! Put an awesome stalk on him but he spotted us at about 75 yards.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais responded to the tweet by writing back, “I bet killing this beautiful bear ‘put an awesome stalk on’ Tim too.”
Some Twitter users called Brent a “horrible” and "disgusting" person, while others posted violent comments.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking it was a shame he didn’t catch you first.— Robyn Schönhofer (@talkRobyn) September 17, 2018
No Tim, this isn't alright at all and it's sad you thknk.this is at all laudable. I suspect you have got nothing from this but a lot of grief for depriving the world of this beautiful animal.— Josephine Nylan (@JoseNylan) September 17, 2018
Brent later posted on Instagram and Twitter that one of the many reasons he hunts is to fill his freezer with meat.