The response on social media has been at times highly negative with some even suggesting she should be the one killed – not exotic animals in Africa.
“It was a private trip she took with her family,” said Texas Tech University spokesman Chris Cook. Cook said Tech will not have anything else to say unless it turns out she broke a law. Cook confirmed she is a member of an all-girl cheer squad at tech
But not all the attention has been negative. According to her Facebook page Jones has signed a development contract for an eight-episode TV show on the Sportsman Channel.
On her Facebook page, Jones said, “I took my first trip to Zimbabwe in Africa with my family in 2004 (age 9) and watched my dad bring many animals home. As badly as I wanted to shoot something I was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought.”
Jones hunts with both a firearm as well as a bow & arrow.
She justified the killing of a leopard by saying “We hunted Leopard in a Communal Lands area of Zimbabwe where leopard had killed 107 head of cattle over a single year.”
One of her detractors on Facebook responded by saying, “No matter how you look at it seeing people smiling over the dead body of such a majestic animal is just sad.”
Another critic said she was the equivalent of testicular cancer, and another said, “You're the pest - and need to be hunted down”
Another said, “I hope you miss your prey and face the consequences. You are a disgraceful excuse for a human being.” And yet another said, “I hope you get stomped to death by an elephant.”
Not all of her hunting has been to the detriment of a large exotic animal. On one hunt she darted a rhino so that vets examine it.
Jones early Tuesday afternoon wrote, “I just want to THANK all of my supporters for their continued encouragement and backing! I will continue to hunt and spread the knowledge of hunting and wildlife conservation.”
Jones posted a photo of the rhino on June 26, and wrote, “I felt very lucky to be part of such a great program and procedure that helps the White Rhino population through conservation.”
But even her effort to help the White Rhino were met with open hostility: one woman wrote, “The vets are more than capable of darting a rhino themselves, they don't need some stupid hick to do it for them.”
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