A man who posed with big game animals for Facebook photos has been appointed to a top position at the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
A concerned citizen tipped off Nine News after Jewell Crossberg was appointed as the acting district manager of the department in Esperance, a town on the south coast of WA.
The anonymous letter said citizens in Esperance were “very concerned” regarding the appointment as Facebook images came to light of Mr Crossberg posing with dead zebras, rhinos, giraffes and elephants while holding a rifle.
The letter claims citizens believe director Jason Foster made a “very bad judgement call” when appointing Mr Crossberg as acting district manager, according to Nine News.
"We are so disappointed to see Mr Crossberg is not a true conservationist and shouldn't be in a position of this standing," the letter says.
The photos were taken in 2010 seemingly at a game ranch in South Africa, where hunting is legal, however Mr Crossberg’s Facebook page was promptly deleted once Nine News questioned him about the photos.
On Nine’s Today Show, it was reported the Facebook album where the photos appeared was titled ‘business and pleasure’.
Despite the concern, the department has stood by Mr Crossberg’s appointment, saying he went through a competitive recruitment process, where he shows the skills needed for the role.
“The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is committed to wildlife conservation and ensuring the world’s best animal welfare practises throughout the state,” a statement said, according to the Today Show.
Do you have a story tip? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.