The Lewiston Tribune Online reported that a photo of an “elk hunter posing in the dark with his newly downed elk” has been circulated on social media. In the background of the picture is a mountain lion. (The Lewiston Tribune is the website for a newspaper of the same name in Idaho and Washington.)
However, the caption is incorrect and the photo is fake, The Lewiston Tribune determined.
The original caption explains that “the hunter downed the elk” and took the photo of himself with a self-timer. However, The Lewiston Tribune reported that the “cougar” in the background is from another photo.
“We don’t know the identity of the hunter pictured above with a downed elk, but the backstory that acompanies this image … is false,” Snopes wrote. “The image is a composite; the original photograph of the mountain lion was taken by a wildlife biologist in California in February 2008 and shows no trace of hunter or elk.”