Minnesota Dentist Did Not Know Slain Lion Was Cecil

Walter James Palmer became one of the most hated men on the internet after he poached one of the most popular lions in Zimbabwe.
2:43 | 07/29/15

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though, a disturbing story that Minnesota dentist who has provoked international outrage for hunting and killing a beloved african lion. He says he did not know that Cecil as he is known was off-limits until it was too late. ABC's David Wright is here now with the story. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. This Minnesota dentist has pretty much become the most hated man on the internet after poaching one of the most popular lions in Zimbabwe. This morning, Cecil the lion has fans the world over erupting in anger at the Minnesota dentist would killed him. That's him there posing like a modern-day earnest Hemingway way. An American -- Reporter: The Zimbabwe conservation task force says palmer and his guides lured Cecil out of the national park where he was the star attraction recognizable by his black mane. The lion accustomed to humans and fitted with a gps collar for research from oxford university which allowed authorities to track his movements. They say palmer shot him with a bow and arrow, tracked the injured lion for more than a day, finally finishing him off and skinning him. According to the bbc the hunters then tried to remove the gps collar but were unable to do so. Palmer, who once told "The new York times" that he can hit a playing card from 100 yards with his bow issued a statement saying "I had no idea that the lion I took down was a known local favorite." And that he relied on the expertise of his guides. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted, he said. Palmer reportedly paid about $54,000 for the trip. Palmer's Bloomington, Minnesota, dental practice seen here in a promotional video now shut down because of the backlash. People even leaving stuffed animals at the door. His Facebook page suspended by a roar of outrage. His yelp entry swamped with comments like this "You're a horrible human being." Another reviewer threatening "You kill defenseless animals, we kill your business." 13-year-old Cecil the lion had cubs who will likely be killed by whichever new male takes over the pride. We not only lose one but a whole generation of lions. The african guides now face poaching charges in Zimbabwe and the dentist may too but he's already back here in the states. You know, in 2008 palmer pled guilty to poaching a black bear in Wisconsin admitting that he lied to federal game wardens about shooting the bear outside the permitted hunting zone. Serious charge, George and Lara could have carried a five-year sentence. He got one year's probation? See what he gets on this.

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