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Minnesota-based hunting show host blasted on Twitter over lion photo

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A Minnesota-based host of an online hunting show has been forced to take her Twitter account private after a furious backlash over a photo she posted on the social media service Thursday.

The U.K. website Metro reported Friday that Melissa Bachman posted a photo of herself with a rifle, and what appears to be a dead lion that she hunted down.

The photo was accompanied by the caption, ‘An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion … what a hunt!’

Metro gave Bachman the benefit of the doubt, saying, "It is also unclear whether the animal could have been tranquilized rather than killed," but Twitter users weren't as kind.

Bachman was called out by dozens of people, including comedian Ricky Gervais.

Another person went so far as to tweet a link to a petition on Change.org to bar Bachman from the country.

As of Friday afternoon, the petition had more than 4,100 online signatures.

According to her Facebook page, Bachman went to Paynesville High School and studied Mass Communications at St. Cloud State University.

She also has a YouTube channel for her show, "Winchester Deadly Passion."

The Huffington Post says Bachman was dropped as a contestant from the National Geographic Channel (NatGeo) reality show, "Ultimate Survivor Alaska," in September 2012 after a Change.org petition slammed the network for violating its "traditional stance of conservation and protection for a partnership with a trophy killer."

In response to the nearly 13,500 signatures on the petition, NatGeo wrote, "Upon further reflection we plan to eliminate one of the survivalists from the ensemble cast, Melissa Bachman. Hunting is not the focus of the show, and we regret the misinformation that has clouded what we hope will be an exciting adventure series set in the incredible Alaskan landscape."

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