Target: Steve Beam, Wildlife Director of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Goal: Fire officers who shot mountain lion that showed no threat and then posed next to it in a picture.
A questionable picture has recently surfaced of Kentucky wildlife officers posing next to a mountain lion they shot and killed a few months ago. Action needs to be taken to ensure these men are fired, as it is clear from the photograph that they cared more about killing the animal than they ever did about trying to safely rescue and release it in a more suitable environment.
Wildlife officers are not only hired to protect the public, but they are also supposed to ensure the safety of animals whenever possible. Because the mountain lion was high up in a tree when it was shot, it did not pose a threat to anyone. Therefore, the officers could have opted to wait for a tranquilizer gun to arrive, as they had real guns on hand to protect themselves in case a dangerous situation arose. Instead, they allegedly chose to quickly kill the animal and pose proudly beside it in a tasteless photo.
While some argue that the animal presented a threat to the community, mountain lions attacking people is not a common occurrence. In fact, according to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a person has a better chance of being killed by a dog than he does by a mountain lion, as these animals generally do everything possible to avoid people.
Surprisingly, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has absolutely no problem with neither the picture nor with how the officers handled the situation.
Sign this petition and demand these wildlife officers be fired for the unprofessionalism they displayed. Wildlife officers who kill animals when they don’t pose a threat to society and then take a picture smiling next to their dead bodies are poor examples to citizens, and they are–most certainly–poor examples to our children.
Dear Director Beam,
A controversial picture of the Kentucky wildlife officers who shot a mountain lion in December has recently come to surface. These officers need to be immediately fired, as it is thought by many that they displayed a great amount of unprofessionalism both before and after the shooting.
Although your organization agrees that the officers did the right thing, they could have made other choices to try and avoid this tragedy. They could have also made the ethical choice to not smile, pose and take a picture with the animal they claimed needed to be killed.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to recommend that these officers be fired and replaced with competent people who will make better efforts to preserve our unique wildlife. It is reprehensible that these officers chose to kill the animal before trying to take more humane measures and further that they found it OK to pose and smile next to its dead body afterwards.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Art G.