If you haven’t heard by now, there is a dentist in Minnesota who paid $55,000 to hunt and kill a lion in Zimbabwe. The lion’s name was Cecil, and he was a protected Lion on a preserve who was being lured into being killed.
According to USA Today, “The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a statement that Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minn., ultimately killed Cecil, a protected lion and one of the most famous animals at the Hwange National Park. Cecil was fitted with a GPS collar and tracked by the Oxford University research program.”
Palmer said in a statement, “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”