Oilers' new mascot not winning any popularity contests

The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday morning that they had a new team member; Hunter, the organization's very first mascot. While mascots are usually most popular with children, fans were quick to point out that the 'Canadian Lynx' could very well be making appearances in kid's nightmares instead.

Could the name Hunter be foreshadowing something?

The Edmonton Oilers introduced their new mascot Hunter, but the Canadian lynx received mixed reaction online. (Twitter/EdmontonOilers)

The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday morning that they had a new team member; Hunter, the organization's very first mascot.

While mascots are usually most popular with children, fans were quick to point out that the 'Canadian Lynx' could very well be making appearances in kid's nightmares instead.

Some of the reaction evoked words such as "demon" and "soul-eating wildcats."

According to the team, Hunter is a tribute to "Wild Bill" Hunter, the original owner of the Edmonton Oilers, a franchise founded in 1972. 

That fact did little to ease the criticism.

Take a look at what fans have been saying on social media:

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With files from CBC Sports

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