While wealthy sportsmen are going underground, the proud Idaho huntress is standing her ground against taunting critics and cheerfully posting her latest big-game kills on social media, where she racks up thousands of splenetic comments that include death threats and extreme misogyny.
In response to critics several weeks ago, well before Cecil the lion’s death inflamed conservationists worldwide, Corgatelli delivered a message on Instagram:
“To all the haters, stay tuned, you’re gonna have so much more to be p—– about.”
She wasn’t lying.
Since she embarked on her latest hunting trip to South Africa’s Kruger National Park about a week ago, Corgatelli — an Idaho State University accountant who refers to herself as “the Italian Huntress” — has killed a giraffe, an impala, a kudu, a warthog and a wildebeest, according to photos posted on her Instagram account.
“I got a amazing old Giraffe,” she wrote on Facebook on July 25. “Such a amazing animal!! I couldn’t be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!”
In a matter of days, she has risen from relative anonymity to join Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer and Pennsylvania doctor Jan Seski in an exclusive club of hunted hunters.
“I hope you shoot your ovaries off in a misfire so you can never reproduce,” one commenter wrote under a photo of Corgatelli standing behind a freshly slaughtered giraffe.
On Monday, Corgatelli appeared with her companion, Aaron Neilson, on NBC’s “Today” show to defend the giraffe hunt by referring to the species as a “very dangerous animals” that could “hurt you seriously very quickly.”
“To me it’s not just killing an animal, it’s the hunt,” she told Carson Daly. “There’s a lot of personal things in my life that have happened recently that have added to that. I won’t get into that or disclose those feelings. Everybody just thinks we’re cold-hearted killers, and it’s not that. There is a connection with the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don’t have a respect for them.”
Noting that commenters have posted information about her job and home address, Daly asked Corgatelli if she’s worried about retribution.
“Everything I’ve done here is legal, so how can you fault somebody because of their hobbies?” Corgatelli said. “How can an employer chastise you for something you do on your personal time that’s legally done?”
According to CBS affiliate KBOI, Idaho State University said Monday that Corgatelli’s hobby “is not an ISU matter. While the individual in question is an employee, her personal choices are not representative of the university.”
The vitriol is nothing new: In June, Corgatelli posted a Facebook screengrab on her Instagram account, noting that “the random stuff that the anti hunters share from my FB makes me laugh!!!”
On Saturday, Corgatelli appeared to defend her actions by posted two lines from the Bible.
This post has been updated.