The sport killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a bow hunter from Minnesota ignited a firestorm about the ethics of trophy hunting.  In the U.S., icons like Jackson Hole mother grizzly 399 (above with cubs in 2018) are seen as corresponding examples that animals are worth far more alive than dead.  Concern for the fate of 399 and her cubs typified the huge public opposition to Wyoming's proposed sport hunt of 22 grizzlies, the first in the state in 44 years. Ultimately,  the hunt was cancelled in autumn 2018 after a federal district judge ordered the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population be restored to protection under the Endangered Species Act.  It set off a wave of anger in Wyoming where antagonism toward predators among rural folk is deep and pervasive. Photo of Grizzly 399 courtesy Thomas D. Mangelsen.  Photo of Cecil courtesy Wikipedia
The sport killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a bow hunter from Minnesota ignited a firestorm about the ethics of trophy hunting. In the U.S., icons like Jackson Hole mother grizzly 399 (above with cubs in 2018) are seen as corresponding examples that animals are worth far more alive than dead. Concern for the fate of 399 and her cubs typified the huge public opposition to Wyoming's proposed sport hunt of 22 grizzlies, the first in the state in 44 years. Ultimately, the hunt was cancelled in autumn 2018 after a federal district judge ordered the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population be restored to protection under the Endangered Species Act. It set off a wave of anger in Wyoming where antagonism toward predators among rural folk is deep and pervasive. Photo of Grizzly 399 courtesy Thomas D. Mangelsen. Photo of Cecil courtesy Wikipedia