Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke responded to a viral photo on Tuesday that claimed to show him posing next to a bloody elephant while holding a gun.
“The only thing I’ve hunted in Africa is terrorists,” tweeted Zinke, a former Navy SEAL.
The photo was shared thousands of times on Facebook earlier this week, purporting to show Zinke as the man who killed the elephant.
Snopes, a fact-checking website, has rated the claim as false. The man in the photo is actually Ian Evans, a Scottish farmer.
Amid public outcry last week, President Trump quickly put on hold the Interior Department’s decision to allow hunters to import elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Zinke later issued a statement on the change, saying he and Trump agreed that “conservation and healthy herds are critical.”