‘Professional huntress’ gets death threats over trophy pics of slain ‘farm animals’

A “professional huntress” who once interned as an accountant in the Big Apple is receiving death threats after triumphantly sharing photos of “farm animals” she killed on a hunting trip to Scotland.

Larysa Switlyk, 33 — who hosts the cable program “Larysa Unleashed” — posted an image of herself posing with four animals, including a dead goat, on her Instagram and Twitter feeds.

In a series of Instagram posts beginning Oct. 10 and ending on Tuesday, Switlyk posted photos of herself with her kills: two goats, a domestic sheep and a red deer stag.

“Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland,” Switlyk captioned one photo.

“Such a fun hunt!! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group.”

She also posted an image of a fellow hunter, Jason, with the carcass of his “gold medal goat.”

In her post about the stag, she posed the animal in a way that made it appear alive — but her caption reveals otherwise.

“In awe of my Scottish Stag ~ can’t wait to bring it back to the castle for the chefs to cook it up!” she wrote.


Critics were outraged.

“He’s f–king dead,” user @chrismoltisanti852 wrote in a caption. “How would you feel if people called you beautiful with a bullet in your head.”

“How about we chase them with guns and shoot them, we could call that hunting,” Sophie George commented on Twitter.

“Now let’s see you hunt something that can shoot back,” Nomen Dubium added.

National Sheep Association Scotland chairman John Fyall : “This is a concern. I would say that it looks like a farmed sheep has been killed for sport and that is not what we keep domesticated sheep in pastoral systems for,” the Scottish Farmer reported.

Even Judy Murray, mother of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, slammed Switlyk’s online posts.

“A unique hunt?” she wrote. “Disgraceful. It’s a goat. And it’s in Scotland. On a beautiful island. Stop this pls @scotgov.”

Still, a day later, Switlyk remained unrepentant when she crowed that she was leaving for another hunting trip.

“My ride has arrived ~ I’m headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure and will be out of service for 2 weeks,” she wrote. “Nothing better than disconnecting from this social media driven world and connecting back with nature. Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation. FYI, I was in Scotland over a month ago….”

Several tourism companies allow visitors to stalk and shoot wild goats in Islay, Dumfries, Galloway and other areas of the UK, the BBC reported.

Wild goats have no natural predators and are considered an invasive, non-native species in the area, according to the report.

Hunting them on private land is legal — and many of the animals have been culled in controversial efforts to decrease their population. Contraceptive darts have also been used to stop them from reproducing, the outlet reported.


Still, Mark Russell, the Scottish government’s Brexit secretary, called Switlyk’s posts horrific and demanded that goat hunting in Islay be immediately halted.

He called Switlyk’s goat hunting worse than red deer kills — which he said were “very firmly regulated” and “you don’t see people glorifying in it very often.”

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has also condemned Switlyk’s posts, according to a statement issued to The Telegraph.

“By choosing to use social media to tell the world about her exploits hunting goats and other animals on the small Scottish island of Islay, [Switlyk] has found herself thrust onto the news pages of … a host of other papers and websites,” spokesman Garry Doolan said. “And it doesn’t make pleasant reading.”

“All our hard work and good intentions can be undone in an instant on social media,” he added. “It has the power to educate and inform. It also has the power to alienate vast swathes of the population, the very people we need to get onside — and keep onside — if shooting is to survive the challenges ahead.”

The Scottish government does “understand the concerns raised by these images,” and its environmental secretary will “consider whether any clarification of or changes to the law might be required,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to Scottish Parliament demanding a ban on trophy hunting in Scotland following Switlyk’s photos of her hunts — “senseless acts which are at odds with the peaceful surroundings of the island, and the nation.”

“Ms Switlyk has used her photos to advertise hunting experience tours to an American and international audience,” the petition said. “Trophy Hunting taints the image of our valued tourist industry, and puts the beauty of our long established natural habitat at risk.”

By Friday morning, the petition had racked up more than 4,900 of its 5,000 anticipated signatures.

Switlyk left her internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers to pursue hunting, her website says.

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