Reader's View: Media wrong to glorify ‘trophy’ kill

I couldn't comprehend what the point was of killing something so beautiful and amazing simply because it was a “trophy” kill.

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We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the pointless killing of one of the most majestic animals to ever walk on the soil of modern-day Minnesota (“ Bull elk shot is No. 2-scoring typical elk in Minnesota, certified measurer says ,” Nov. 27, 2020).

When I saw the photo in the newspaper of the bull elk that was killed in northern Minnesota, I lost my mind for about a week. I couldn’t comprehend what I was looking at, and I couldn't comprehend what the point was of killing something so beautiful and amazing simply because it was a “trophy” kill. This animal was so huge, so powerful-looking, just its head alone looked longer than the smiling hunter in the picture who killed it. Its rack alone measured 7 feet by 8 feet. It looked as if it had fallen to earth from another world, something out of mythology, something magical from another time or era.

What is the point of gunning down such an amazing animal that is in the prime of its life? We humans just can’t stop destroying everything, can we? Why couldn't the massive bull elk have just been left alone? It should still be alive and running free in the world.

It is wrong that this animal has been reduced to a tacky wall mount for the ego of some hunter. You mess with an animal like this, and you mess with the spirit world.

The media were very wrong to have glorified this.


Frank Erickson


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