Report: Minnesota dentist shot Cecil the lion

(The post has been updated to add Palmer’s acknowledgement that he shot the lion. All updates are at the bottom of the post.)

Cecil the lion was a pretty big deal in Zimbabwe. The 13-year-old lion was a major tourist attraction at Zimbabwe’s famous Hwange National Park, according to the BBC.

The lion was shot with a crossbow and — after hours of suffering — a rifle, before being beheaded and skinned.

The killer had allegedly bribed wildlife guards.

“He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at,” said Johnny Rodrigues, the head of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

The lion had been “baited” out of the park, a tactic which hunters used to portray their action as legal, Mr Rodrigues said.

Two guides had been arrested and if it was confirmed that the hunter was a Spaniard, “we will expose him for what he is”, he added.

The six cubs of Cecil will now be killed, as a new male lion in the pride will not allow them to live in order to encourage the lionesses to mate with him.

Initial reports said a Spaniard had killed the iconic lion. But today, the Telegraph says it was a dentist from Minnesota.

A New York Times report detailing one of Mr (Walter) Palmer’s hunts, in 2009, described him as “capable of skewering a playing card from 100 yards with his compound bow.” He jokingly told the reporter that his life revolved around shooting, and that he “doesn’t have a golf game”.

The paper said that, having learnt to shoot at the age of five, Mr Palmer paid $45,000 at an auction for the right to shoot an elk in 2009, in a sale promoted as financing preservation of the elk habitat.

The father of two had, according to the paper, killed all but one of the animals listed in records produced by bow hunting group Pope and Young. The animals on the list include polar bears, bison, grizzly bears and cougars.

“Of course, it is a personal achievement to harvest any big-game animal with a bow and arrow,” said Glen Hisey, the curator of the Pope and Young records programme. “It is a way of honouring that animal for all time.”

Mr Palmer has also run into legal woes. In 2008, court records show, he pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal wildlife officials concerning the exact location of the slaying of a black bear during a guided hunt in Wisconsin. He was sentenced to a year probation.

Lion hunting using firearms is legal in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania – and bow and arrow hunting is legal in all the same countries but Tanzania.

Palmer was assisted by a professional hunter named Theo Bronkhorst who reported the incident to authorities, the Telegraph says.

Palmer told the Star Tribune the details of the incident are being misreported, and promised a longer statement later today.

This morning, the dentist’s website — River Bluffs Dental in Bloomington — is no longer available. His firm’s Facebook page is being heavily targeted, however.

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Update 11:52 a.m. – A statement to the Guardian from a Palmer spokesman.

“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” the spokesman said. “What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”

Zimbabwe National Parks statement:

“In this case, 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.”

12:48 p.m. – PETA checks in:

Hunting is a coward’s pastime. If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged. To get a thrill at the cost of a life, this man gunned down a beloved lion, Cecil with a high-powered weapon. All wild animals are beloved by their own mates and infants, but to hunters like this overblown, over-privileged little man, who lack empathy, understanding, and respect for living creatures, they are merely targets to kill, decapitate, and hang up on a wall as a trophy. The photograph of this dentist, smiling over the corpse of another animal, who, like Cecil, wanted only to be left in peace, will disgust every caring soul in the world.
–PETA President, Ingrid E. Newkirk

Update 1:46 p.m. – Statement from Palmer via a PR firm:

In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.

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 relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.

I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.

Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.

  • Noelle

    Big game hunting is such a wasteful, shameful, awful industry. I’ll never understand the desire to pay exorbitant amounts of money for the privilege of killing such beautiful creatures. These people need to be put behind bars.

    • A L Vee

      Big Game Hunting is proof that the wealthy are under-taxed.

      • Mark

        Big game hunting is proof that the wealthy are psychopaths. Not all of them, but those who engage in this activity.

        • David

          Spot on Mark and a lot of the world’s leaders have the same attribute. Sick and disgusted !!

  • KTFoley

    “It is a way of honouring that animal for all time.”

    How long, or how deeply, does a person have to be immersed in an activity before the inherent contradictions become disappear from his awareness?

    • maadbeacon

      I can’t get beyond that quote…. Let’s honor it by killing it. GTFOH

    • Erma

      The safari outfit said “it was a majestic mature lion.” So you killed it? Effing egotists and greedy enablers.

  • Veronica

    His website may be down, but you can still post a Google review!

    • auntiesmedley

      Check out the Yelp reviews, too!

  • Al

    Deer and duck hunting is one thing. I fish when I’m up North, too–same deal, right?

    Big game hunting seems a little more… distasteful? Colonial? But I feel like even that’s not the issue here.

    Bribery so you can get around the rules that protect a rare and beloved icon? Not cool, guy. Not cool.

    • Al

      And bribing someone so publicly in the digital age… well, that’s just stupid.

    • Daiseymae

      I totally concur with you.

    • DavidG

      Most hunters I know salvage at least some of the meat from deer, duck, even moose and caribou hunting for consumption.

      A big difference from the big game trophy hunting, where typically all but the heads and pelts (and maybe a paw) are left to the elements.

  • Ben Chorn
  • A L Vee

    I sincerely hope that this dentist loses everything as result of his disgusting hobbies. His license, his business, his family, his home. I hope the only thing he has left to show for himself are the heads of the animals he killed for no good reason. This guy is living proof that the wealthy don’t pay enough taxes.

    • Gloria Lewis

      I feel so bad for his children.

      • Kate Karwowska

        Sadly, they’ve likely been raised to think this is OK.

  • Pablo Escobar

    “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

    ― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

  • Nicko Thime

    Hunting to feed yourself is one thing. One understands the need to eat. OTH, big game trophy hunting is a crime against humanity as well as nature.
    It takes a real piece of S*** to kill a lion in this day and age. I hope his clientele wipes that POS from their shoes.

  • Daiseymae

    What a vile scumbag! What a truly disgusting thing to do just for sport. It should be against the law to hunt animals.

    • Bethjock

      Hunting animals for sport like this? Yes, it should be illegal. I think it’s immoral as well. Hunting animals for food, I’m thinking of deer hunting, is necessary to keep the herds at a manageable level.

  • tboom

    How depressing, for me the only thing worse than seeing this story would be if the story remained hidden.

    I know these kinds of things happen, killing animals for no reason. My repulsion with humanity’s cruelty toward animals is only exceeded by my repulsion with humanity’s cruelty toward humanity.

    I can only hope that by having this incident become public Walter Palmer is having a worse day than me, somehow I doubt it.

  • Susan

    Dr. Palmer probably feels very sorry for himself that he is being skewered on social media. Maybe he even feels “hunted” by the press. However, let’s all remember that Cecil the lion felt much worse when Dr. Palmer skewered him with an arrow, then a bullet, then a skinning knife. Apparently, he collects kills like more sane individuals collect pottery or baseball cards.

    All of those patients who pay money to this dentist to fix their teeth should bear in mind that he will spend that money killing animals for fun — not for food, not for protection — for FUN because he thinks their heads and hides look better hanging on his wall than on their original animal bodies.

    Lock up your pets, good people of Minnesota, because a collared animal — Cecil the lion wore a collar — is just the sort of trophy Dr. Palmer likes best.

  • Paul

    Will Pope and Young be putting an * next to his name in their records now?

  • amycrea

    The Facebook page is down now too.

  • Elle Cloud

    Bad enough to kill Cecil, but to lure and torture the gentle lion with a bow and arrow and watch him suffer for hours before killing him with a gun? Savage. Wouldn’t dream of trusting Dr. Palmer on any level, incl. my teeth.

    • John

      I agree with you, except for the gentle part. I think lions are pretty solid killing machines when the occasion calls for it.

      • Erma

        Cecil was used to being around people and had been photographed by tourists thousands of times. I think that’s what the “gentle” comment was about, to the extent that it can be applied to a wild animal.

      • Esther Medina

        Cecil was a gentle lion. He never hurt a human and liked to be around humans in the Preserve.

      • Nicko Thime

        He was no threat to humans.

  • Clive Johnson

    He’s a likely sociopath. He’s willing to break the law to pursue his little game hunting hobby. He has no appreciation or respect for the beauty and value of these animals.

    It would be a shame if he were still in business for much longer.

  • chris

    Watching an internet mob at work is probably a little less stomach turning than watching a lion be killed, but I have to wonder, how much less?

    • Knute

      Agreed. Pitch fork nation is alive today. I understand some backlash, but don’t understand the point of posting his home address, wishing him death, etc.

      I do feel bad for the employees of his dentist office, who will likely be out of work soon.

      • amycrea

        That’s something I feel bad about. They weren’t the ones out hunting the lion, but they’ll lose income, presumably salaries that are quite a lot less than the dentist takes in, all because of his actions.

      • Vanessa Ward

        I agree, but he needs to be extradited and tried back in Zimbabwe…

      • Veronica

        I don’t care, because it will discourage other people from doing the same.
        I wish people would stop defending psychopaths and bandists. he did something bad? something bad will happen with him. this is life

    • Clive Johnson

      To me it’s quite refreshing. One reason is that it shows that there’s a low tolerance for animal cruelty and killing.

  • Gloria Lewis

    You should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You know exactly what you are doing and your pride and arrogance are shameful. You are a horrible example to your children.
    I agree with A L Vee Big Game Hunting is proof that the wealthy are under-taxed.

  • auntiesmedley

    Methinks he’s done being a dentist. GOOD.

    Be aware that he has also trophy hunted endangered white rhinos, cougars and polar bears.

    I’ve never been so ashamed to be Minnesotan. This piece of despicable scum deserves every bit of what’s coming his way. I only feel sorry for his family, who will also surely be targeted.

  • Clive Johnson

    What does MN and US law say about committing crimes in other countries?

    Palmer’s poaching partner could spend up to 15 years in prison for this outrage. And we’re just going to let Walter Palmer roam the streets with no consequence?

  • KTFoley

    Paging Bob Collins — I’m pretty sure that doxxing is not how we roll at News Cut?

    • Geez, I can’t even take 20 minutes to drive into the soul crushing cubicle without the numnuts ruining things.

      Also, I’m deleting all of the non-name username posts. Nope, I’m not even reading them first.

  • KTFoley

    Paging Bob — I’m pretty sure that doxxing is not how we roll at News Cut?

  • Jerry

    Ain’t no justice like mob justice, I guess.

    • Jeff

      I like to make sure all the facts are in before getting the pitchfork out of the shed. Or is knee-jerk outrage more fun?

      • Jerry

        Why should people let the law get involved when they can make snap judgements and punish someone themselves.

        I am not defending this man. I don’t even care for hunting and can’t imagine killing something for fun. I am just in favor of due process and not taking the law into your own hands.

        • Bethjock

          These are opinions. We’re not out to nab the guy. The law will take it’s course. However, I can’t feel bad that there will be consequences prior to that happening. With people of wealth consequences don’t amount to much.

          • Jerry

            What is with the wealth angle people keep bringing up? He is a dentist. I know dentists. They are certainly well off, but not like hedge fund managers or corporate CEOs. And I can’t imagine big game hunting is cheap, but it can’t be much more then other exotic vacations. This just seems to be a weird class thing that people are obsessed with that seems misplaced. Let him be bad man on his own merits.

          • X.A. Smith

            It’s the waste of resources that offends people, basically. This guy’s made a lot of money, that’s great. What does he do with it? Something pretty awful. That fifty grand could have gone to charity. Obviously, this guy has a real passion for his pursuits, and he’s entitled to his pursuits, but cross a line like he has, and it’s going to draw a certain amount of class ire.
            I like guitars. I have five. Each worth hundreds of dollars. I’d love to have 5 more, better ones, worth a couple thousand each. Someday I might get them. Some folks have 200 guitars, each worth thousands of dollars. Practically none of these guitars are ever played or heard. At some point in the range between these two examples, a hobby makes you a bad person, is basically what I’m saying.
            This dentist has gone a step further, and used his “guitars” criminally. Not for the first time. He’s paid a high price specifically to do something terrible (whether unwittingly, as he claims, or not).

    • Eric

      He now admits killing the lion. He claims it is being misrepresented in the media, but somebody with his extensive trophy hunt experience is surely aware of the laws surrounding his activities. He knows what he did, he’s just disappointed his bribes didn’t cover him well enough. He and his guides may not have realize exactly which lion they were baiting (since it was done at night), but it happened and he must accept the repercussions.

      And yes, since there’s slim to no chance of criminal or civil liability justice, a crime of this nature does deserve mob justice on this level of public outcry.

      • Paul

        Pope and Young excludes crossbows from their valid equipment list.

        If he did take Cecil with a crossbow he’s really done the lion a disservice since it wasn’t a valid kill for the record list.

        • Erma

          They use crossbows when poaching because they’re quiet. How revolting.

          • Paul

            Bows are as quiet. Pope and Young is a bow hunting kill board.

      • Jerry

        because online mobs are known for reasonable and appropriate responses? Because it is ok to take the law into your own hands if you are not happy with the official response? People aren’t asking him to be reasonably punished. They want him destroyed. Is that an appropriate response?

        It doesn’t matter if he is guilty or innocent, it is not my job to punish him.

        • Bethjock

          You play with fire you get burned. Sorry, I can’t find one iota of sympathy for this inhuman person.

  • DrPaulone

    This barbaric man has a very long history of killing anything he can get his hands on, legally and mostly ILlLEGALLY. Bears, rhino and now this beautiful majestic lion. What a coward. I hope he loses his license, he is unfit and no one is safe with this man. We all know your name, Palmer. The world knows what you did, what a lowlife you are

  • Jonathan Hemlock

    What do you call somebody that can’t get into medical school? Answer: A dentist (footnote to Seinfeld). He’s clearly overcompensating. But now he’ll have plenty of time to kill.

  • exGander

    I hope the thought of those 6 cubs being mercilessly ripped apart haunts this bastard for the rest of his unnatural life.

    • Sak Hus

      Doubt he’s even a bit guilty. Only guilt is he couldn’t hide this abominable thing he had done well enough. I just hope he get’s what’s due for him and I have a feeling we’ll all breathe happy once we hear about it.

    • Erma

      The only thing he has the capacity to feel empathy for is himself. Egotistical sadist.

      • J F Hanson

        do keep in mind that the emotion expressed here (and in nearly all the other comments) is hardly empathy.

        • Erma

          You’re damned right. He kills for fun, poaches, lies, harasses women. Obviously the rules are for other people.

  • Susan

    The bow hunting club Pope and Young maintains records of the biggest animals that members have killed in North America. The tag line for this program is HONOR THE ANIMAL because Pope and Young believe that all animals like to be honored by being shot. You can see pictures of the dead honored animals and the hunters who killed/honored them on the Pope and Young website.

    If you would like to share your thoughts on Pope and Young’s HONOR THE ANIMAL program and hunters, here is their web page;

    http://pope-young.org/records/records_details.asp?wr=1

    • Paul

      Looks like their other record lists are down with
      Bad Request (Invalid Hostname) .

  • Gnomies Garden

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/ I hope they don’t stop with the land owner. This guy needs brought down also!

  • changeplease

    I’m hoping social media stays on this story. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. This sorry excuse for a human needs to be put away.

    Although he’s denying it now that social media is in an uproar, earlier told The Guardian in a statement. “What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over,”

    • Clive Johnson

      Unfortunately he’s back in the states. His co-conspirator in the killing is now in jail in Zimbabwe and is facing a hearing tomorrow morning. This is where this vile character needs to be as well.

      It’s unclear to me what the law is in the US regarding committing criminal acts in another country and whether you can be extradited for it. Please consider calling your representatives and senators about this. What a sad statement about American law if Palmer is allowed to go about his regular life without consequence.

      • changeplease

        don’t mean to be cynical; but calling my representative and senators would be a waste of time and energy as the majority of them would most likely engage in the same distasteful behavior (ok, yes I’m being cynical)

        At the least, if enough people boycott this piece of shit, perhaps he’ll close down for good, as opposed to just for today. Apparently no one is answering the phone and his website is down. apparently from the reviews, he’s a lousy dentist as well as a poor excuse for a human.

      • raflw

        If there is any justice, Zimbabwe will try him in absentia (unless he has the courage to show up in their courts, which I doubt).
        If convicted, could Interpol list him as a known poacher so that his international travel is flagged?

  • Brenda

    Is there a petition we can sign to ask for the maximum penalty?

  • John Wells

    It should be noted that this animal was tracked for 40 HOURS until it collapsed and THEN was shot. This animal suffered greatly. In my opinion this dentist (or any firm which he is a partner) should be boycotted.

  • brentwalker

    How, exactly, is it that you honor that animal for all time by killing it? Would the good doctor feel Honored for All Time if someone crossbowed his life away in a vain attempt at feeling macho?

  • Although Palmer is believed to have shot Cecil outside the National Park the animal was lured out. I would have thought that the act of luring constitutes the start of the hunt and therefore regardless of where the animal was chased/lured too, Walter Palmer went hunting in a National Park: therefore he is a criminal and should face extradition and prosecution.

  • Al

    At least now we know who to call for help with the alleged Milwaukee Lion? http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/there-may-be-a-lion-on-the-loose-in-milwaukee#.eq8paAZZJB

  • Godfather

    So, this guy gets a thrill up his leg when he kills a beautiful, wild, warrior. Brag to your friends, if you have any left. Your children must be so proud.

  • raflw

    How absolutely horrible. I hope the Dr. learns something about the cruelty of big game hunting, but that may be a naive hope.

    • Clive Johnson

      He’s been doing it for years and apparently finds great enjoyment in it.

  • winderig

    Brian Luke’s book Brutal: Manhood and the Exploitation of Animals is very useful for understanding the psychological and cultural contexts of such behaviour.
    http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/88dne4rw9780252031762.html

  • Erma

    Paid a bribe, lured a collared animal away from a protected area, “experienced” bow hunter injures animal that thousands thrilled to see and 40 hours later, skins and beheads it, tries to destroy the tracking collar, and runs like the coward he really is.

  • James Evangelista

    Physicians and dentists who violate laws are subject to having their licenses revoked. Please go to this website to share what a poor excuse of a human this scum is

    http://mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/dentistry/Public/index.jsp

    • amycrea

      I tried that link, got a “404 not found.”

      • James Evangelista

        Sorry, please try again!

  • motytrah

    @bcollinsmn:disqus Do we know if Zimbabew has put out an Interpol Red or Blue notice? The United States does have an extradition treaty with them.

  • Kathy Schantz

    As if killing a different lion would make this man less of a twisted coward. People like this belong in the same category as those who torture animals before they go on to be serial killers. Just because there are evil organizations and countries and states that allow ‘legal’ hunting of animals that have no ability to fight back -either because of being weaponless, caught unawares, or because the hunter is completely protected by other soulless inhumane creatures, it does not make this morally legal. In any way, shape, or form. Hiding behind the term ‘sport’, doesn’t fool anybody who has an ounce of decency and kindness. The only ‘sporting’ slaughter of any living creature would not involve a gun or bow and arrow. But what kind of mentally healthy, intelligent, thinking, ethical human would want to kill anything for any reason other than food. And even then, in America, fat, well fed America, there is no reason for some creep like this to pay huge amounts of money to callously and gleefully torture and then kill. Money that could have been used to help feed the starving, or contribute to the easing of suffering in the world, animal or human. I hate this guy. And if I was religious I would venture to say so does God. And so should you. Shame on him. Shame on all like him. That he is hiding from deserved retribution shows us who he is.

    • hunter

      yeah cabelas. will probly buy the body mount for 200k$ to 400k lol iv seen 100,000 offer to sell a recored book dear heads mounts the guy made cast and make 6 times that

  • e grove

    $50,000 to kill a lion. Someone find me a person that will pay 50,000 to help a lion live.

  • Maurice Jaure

    Walter Palmer’s life is effectively over as he once knew it–one of opulence, luxury and decadent indulgence. I hope he looks forward to emotional destitution and years and years of SHAME! 🙂

    • Clive Johnson

      Something tells me that if he finds joy in hunting and slaughtering these beautiful gems of nature, shame might not be built very well into his psychology. But I hope you’re right.

      • Maurice Jaure

        I’m inclined to agree with you re: his pathology. I wrote my congresswoman to encourage his extradition to Zimbabwe to account for himself, and I implore anyone reading this to as well!

        • Clive Johnson

          I made a couple of telephone calls myself. Let’s hope we weren’t the only ones. Cheers, -C.

  • Jeff

    The African Lion is pending listing as an threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/african-lions-are-set-to-become-the-last-big-cat-listed-under-the-endangered-species-act/2014/10/27/d13904a0-5de9-11e4-91f7-5d89b5e8c251_story.html) As I read it this would prohibit the importation of trophy lions and at least make it illegal in the good ‘ol USA. Glad it doesn’t take Congressional action or there would be no more lions.

  • GutsToSayAnything

    If you can’t eat it – don’t kill it. Plain and simple. An old boss went elk and bear hunting up in Canada annually. They ate what they killed, and neither are endangered.

    Ugh. This whole thing just makes me sick.

    • hunter

      the natives eat lion over there most big game hunts meat ends up with in the tribes the man hunted for the pelt to mount the tribes eat the meats

      • GutsToSayAnything

        I highly doubt, in this particular case, that by the time the people found the rotting carcass thanks to the GPS that it was okay to eat. Just a sad situation.

  • Helena Wieschermann

    murdering bastard!!!!

  • Julia A. Adams

    Maybe he can’t be convicted for the Zimbabwe crime, but his public statements suggest a criminal mindset and disregard for the law. Perhaps he can be sent to prison for other crimes. He already has been sued for
    sexual harassment, and admitted to being a liar and killing a black bear
    illegally in Wisconsin. He brags
    on social media about murdering innocent animals with high-powered weapons just
    so he can hang their heads and hides on his wall in a transparent attempt to
    bolster his masculinity. His
    lifestyle and outrageous killing/spending habits suggest to me that he probably
    also commits insurance fraud. All patients and insurance companies and
    government fraud investigators should be investigating his billing practices to
    see just how many procedures he has been paid for that were never actually performed.

  • Hannah

    This makes me really disgusted! You lure this beautiful creature out of the park, just to kill it?! I really do not believe he “didn’t know it was everyone’s favorite lion.” Piece of S**t human, I really hope you lose tons of business. What’s wrong with people?

  • Jenny

    “…an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally…” He has a 2006 conviction for poaching a black bear outside the legal area and then trying to register it as being shot inside the legal area.

    http://www.channel3000.com/news/man-convicted-in-06-wis-bear-hunt-case-accused-of-killing-lion/34401492

    Sound familiar?

    Even if he did not know what his guides were doing, I find it hard to believe Palmer missed Cecil’s tracking collar when he initially shot him and then somehow missed it again when Cecil was killed 40 hours later. Even after he “learned it after the hunt was over,” he seemed quite content to fly home rather than report that he had shot a collared lion to the proper authorities and take responsiblty for his actions.

    The sad and scary thing is the only reason they got caught was that collar. It makes me wonder how often do other guides and hunters do this? The guides had obviously done it before.

    I’d just be happy if Palmer was extradited, convicted and had to serve the full sentance under Zimbabwe law: five years in one of their prisons (I’m sure they are quite different from our minimum security resorts here) and had to pay $100,000 fine that went directly to their National Parks Service.

    • Clive Johnson

      And somehow we’re supposed to believe that just because someone loves doing something that that excuses it. Some people love painting. Others love running over turtles on the road. I reject the idea that both are morally similar.

  • Lord Howard Hurts

    What a worthless piece of crap this dentist is. Too bad the authorities did not arrest him. Forget his story of his guides did it. I hope that the good people of Minnesota stay away from him and his dental practice. Let him go flip burgers.

  • Susan

    So the dentist regrets “taking” Cecil because he was a famous lion (and probably because people found out). Would killing the animal for fun be OK if Cecil had been an ordinary lion?

    And what’s with the hypocrisy of using the word “taking” instead of a more accurate word like SHOOTING or KILLING?

    If the good dentist is so proud of his pastime, why does his dental practice website state only that he likes photographing animals but makes no mention of how much he enjoys skewering them with arrows as well? Is it perhaps to hide the fact that most of his wildlife photos are of him grinning beside a bloody carcass?

    I just thought of something — imagine family trips to the zoo with Dr Palmer and his kids: “Daddy shot one of those and those and those and…wait a minute, I missed that one. Rats, I knew I should have brought my bow.”

  • jas82007

    If this guy were my dentist I’d be getting another one. He is clearly a sociopath.

  • J. Wiegand

    I surely hope at the least…this Dr loses his practice. By the reviews on his site I don’t believe anyone will be a patient once this news has broke. I hope it was worth it. The Dr has not only beautiful Cecil’s blood on his hands but his innocent cubs blood also. For being a Dr. he has no forethought. What a horrible piece of crap this man is. To help people in the day and kill majestic animals at night. I hope u are satisfied with yourself Dr. Palmer. You sir disgust me. Maybe on your next expensive “hunt” you sir will end up the hunted. A lion like Cecil may enjoy hunting you. 🙂