This bastard is a "sports hunter". That is, he kills wild animals for the fun of it.
On July first of this year, Dr. Palmer hired some Zimbabwe locals to find and murder a lion. Little did he know - so he says - his guides pointed him to Cecil, a thirteen year old head of a pride and a local animal celebrity in Zimbabwe.
Now, Cecil lived in a sanctuary and was collared, i.e. should not have been bait for this son of a bitch sports hunting celebrity.
They lured Cecil out of the sanctuary, hit him with a bow and waited 1/2 of a day to finally shoot, skin and behead the cat. I am sickend.
All persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges.
Both the professional hunter and land owner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt.
Lions are either hunted but hanging a animal carcass from a tree as bait and then laying in wait or by stalking and luring out of the park. Bow hunting is on the rise because of it's silence. Those hunting illegally (or as the Telegraph puts it "unethically') can go undetected because of the silence.
Because of the actions of these men, Zimbabwe (and lions) lost an ambassador.Cecil was the most popular and seemed to have no problem with human contact, never bothering anybody. Zimbabwe lost a tourist attraction, conservationists lost another tagged lion in their study,
According to figures published by National Geographic, 34 of their 62 tagged lions died during the study period – 24 were shot by sport hunters. - The Telegraph
.....and several cubs will lose if they haven't already, lost their lives as the new male lion takes over the pride.
Dr. Walter "Cecil killer" Palmer, is a dentist up in Bloomington, Minnesota. Before his company's (River Bluff Dental) website was taken down (probably due to the controversy and now his international infamy) it told where to find him when he wasn't in the office.
May he and other "sports hunters" get their due payback.