In 2015, Derek Wolfe was a key contributor on a heralded defensive unit for the Denver Broncos that helped the team upset a 15-1 Carolina Panthers squad featuring the NFL's MVP, Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50. The notable victory also sent the Broncos' former quarterback, Peyton Manning, into retirement as a winner. Nowadays, the former defensive lineman hangs his hat in Colorado, where he's an avid hunter with his professional football playing days behind him.
Last year, the 32-year-old ignited some controversy online when he killed a 2,000 lb buffalo with his bow and arrow before posting a picture of himself next to the carcass on social media. Yesterday, Wolfe took to Instagram to share a photo of a recent kill. This time, the victim was a mountain lion that reportedly had been going around killing domestic animals and terrorizing families in the area. Wolfe hiked over 9,000 ft to track down the large wild animal before delivering a fatal blow with his bow and arrow. The kill and the photo have sparked outrage online. However, hunting mountain lions in the state of Colorado is legal, so Wolfe did not break any laws.
"Late Tuesday night I got a call from @huntnest to see if I wanted to stalk a giant Tom (male mountain lion) who has been wreaking havoc in a rural neighborhood," Wolfe wrote. "He had already killed two of her dogs and was living under her porch, nervous what he might do next. We found a fresh 4x4 mule deer he had just killed. We hiked straight up 2500ft and down the other side, then back up again, back down the other side and then back up again to 9600ft. Exhausted, dehydrated, cramping I drew back my @hoytbowhuntingand sent an @sevrbroadheadsthrough him. Then I had to crawl backwards down the mountain with him to get him to the truck I fell 10ft off a rock face on the way down lol. Any guess how big this thing was?"