Hunter Receives Death Threats For Posting Pictures Of Kills To Instagram
A nurse who posts pictures of wild animals shes hunted on social media has revealed she receives threats to rape and murder her baby daughter.
Kate Small has killed hogs, deer, wolves and bears in her hometown of Boise, Idaho, as well as in other places like South Africa. She then posts pictures posing next to their carcasses on Instagram, where she has amassed 27,000 followers.
The 29-year-old can spend days or weeks out in the countryside hunting down the animals she kills, the biggest of which a 6ft black bear weighing more than 350lbs.
She says the most difficult animal shes ever hunted was a wolf, because of the creatures heightened senses and sheer speed, which means they can travel miles and miles in the space of a day.
Small isnt new to the world of hunting – shes spent 10 years killing animals and hopes to introduce her baby daughter Finley into the sport.
The mum-of-one claims to hunt in an ethical way, only killing animals for food or conservation and she wants more women to get involved.
Posting a video on social media, Small shared a video in which she brags about dropping a bear.
Small explained her rationale for hunting:
I like being able to know exactly where my food came from and not only that but working extremely hard to get it. I like being able to provide organic, nutritious meals for my family.
This lifestyle also lets me create everlasting memories with my friends and family.
Even if I am unable to harvest an animal, memories made on a mountain, battling the elements and being pushed to your limit are invaluable. Its a true test of your inner strength and character.
I salvage as much of the animal as I possibly can. I always keep the head and hide for mounting. The meat is what we live off of, we butcher it ourselves and then we will eat it the rest of the year.
Aside from wolves, as they carry parasites that are dangerous to eat and the meat is bad, I dont hunt anything I wont eat. I never take an animal for fun, its for food or for conservation.
However, not everyone is convinced by Smalls argument as she reveals shes received thousands of death threats online, with people even targeting her dog and her one-year-old daughter.
I have actually received thousands of death threats. People saying things Id never wish on my worst enemy. Ive had hundreds of people also threaten to rape and murder my one-year old daughter. I recall one person saying, ”Im going to put your baby in a blender and listen to her scream”.
Ive also had people say they are going to murder my dogs, which just doesnt make any sense to me, youre mad that I killed an animal, so youre going to kill an animal.
For the most part I try to use education and explain why I do what I do but I must admit sometimes my sarcasm gets the better of me and I respond with humor. I usually laugh the death threats off, if you are threatening someone who hunts apex predators for a living, you mustnt be very bright.