He was reportedly chasing foul with fellow hunters in the area of Colle delle Oche when the unfortunate accident took place. He was pronounced dead at the scene upon the arrival of mountain rescue services.
Ponzetto, 55, had been the point of much outrage after a picture showing him next to a lion he'd shot went viral last year. The photo was posted to to the Italian Facebook group 'Safari Italian Chapter' and drew heavy criticism, with some going so far as to threaten the man's life.
But Ponzetto, who a ran the veterinary clinic in Turin, had defended his lifestyle as an avid hunter and vet by saying that his profession was "not incompatible with hunting, either morally or professionally," according to The Local.
Even so, many responses to Ponzetta's demise have been unsympathetic, with some describing his death as the result of bad karma.
Ponzetto had recently returned from a hunting trip to Canada when he died.
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