Man who posed with dead big game appointed to conservation post
A man who posed alongside dead big game animals has been appointed to a position in the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity and Conservation.
Jewell Crossberg has been made the acting district manager of the department in Esperance.
Since the appointment, Facebook images have emerged showing him posing armed with dead zebras, rhinos, giraffes and elephants.
The photos came from a Facebook album entitled "business and pleasure".
Members of his local community alerted 9News of their displeasure in an anonymous letter.
"We the citizens of Esperance are very concerned about the recent appointment of Jewell Crossberg," the letter said.
"We think the director Jason Foster has made a very bad judgement call.
"We are so disappointed to see Mr Crossberg is not a true conservationist and shouldn't be in a position of this standing."
The photos date back to 2010, and appear to have been taken at a game ranch in South Africa, where hunting is legally allowed.
Just hours after inquiries by 9News, Mr Crossberg's Facebook page was deleted.
In a statement, the department said it was committed to wildlife conservation and ensuring the world's best animal welfare practices were in place throughout the state.
The department said Mr Crossberg went through a competitive recruitment process and had demonstrated the appropriate skills to be acting district manager.