Walter Palmer Wanted by Zimbabwe Authorities for Questioning

The Minnesota dentist has admitted to shooting and killing the beloved Cecil the lion.
2:32 | 07/30/15

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First that Minnesota dentist under fire for killing a protected lion. Walter palmer still in hiding stripped of his membership by a prominent hunting organization, vilified across the internet and now authorities in Zimbabwe want to question him about the kill. ABC's David Wright is here with the latest. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning. The outrage that so many feel at Walter palmer shows no signs of letting up, the backlash threatening his livelihood and reigniting the debate about big game trophy hunting. Whether we should be doing more to protect these creatures. Reporter: This morning, the lion hunter doesn't dare show his face at his Minnesota dental practice. They surrounded it posting signed on the doors branding him a coward and a killer. Dr. Walter palmer e-mailed his patients saying he deeply regrets killing the lion writing "I don't often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic." In Zimbabwe the two men he paid handsomely to father till state the hunt now face poaching charges that carry a possible ten years behind bars. The authorities say they want to question palmer too. The U.S. Fish & wildlife service says it's ready to help noting the agency is deeply concerned about the case. Oxford university researchers have spent years tracking Cecil and his pride. They too are concerned. As a human being, I was enchanted by Cecil, his magazi magnifice magnificence, his beauty. We are trying to study the factor that endanger these animals. Reporter: Among their biggest threats trophy hunters who kill about 600 lions a year in Africa. More than two-thirds of those trophies come back to America imported by wealthy hunters like Walter palmer. Until now the U.S. Government has resisted efforts to list african lie yoons as a threatened species. If they did so, American hunters could still kill african lions overseas but they would not be allowed to bring their trophies home. Of course, Walter palmer had to leave his trophy in Zimbabwe when he fled the country. It's now exhibit a in the criminal case there. David, any word yet if he will have to return to Zimbabwe and face any charges? It's not clear. The U.S. Does have an extradition treaty with Zimbabwe but so far as we know they've made no formal request. He says that he hasn't heard from the Zimbabwe authorities. But, of course, he's kind of hard to find right now in yes, he is. Thank you very much.

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