It has been discovered that a Minnesota father of two is the hunter who shot dead Cecil, one of Zimbabwe’s most loved lions. Cecil was being studied by Oxford University. He wore a radio collar.
Cecil the lion was perhaps the most famous animal in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The man who shot him is Walter James Palmer. He has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow. There are undertones of the Kristen Lindsey case here.
Mr Palmer is believed to have paid £35,000 (GBP) to shoot the much loved lion with a bow and arrow. Cecil was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Mr Palmer’s identity has been confirmed by two independent sources who have seen the relevant hunting permit.
You may have read about the angry reaction to this lion’s killing. This evening I heard on the news that the Zimbabwean authorities have arrested the people who organised the hunting of this lion.
Mr Palmer states that he did not know the lion that he had killed was a local favourite.
“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I had several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted,” he said.
I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, 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 legal hunt. I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the US about this situation, but will assist them in any enquiries that 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.”
I’ve also heard on the radio this morning that the lion was killed in part with a bow and arrow but finished off with a gun. Palmer injured the lion with his bow and arrow and then 40 hours later he was shot and beheaded. So much for the boastful behavior of Palmer.
Apparently, Mr Palmer is a big-game hunter. He likes to hunt all over the world. Cecil was allegedly lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait and then shot with a bow and arrow. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed before being beheaded and skinned. His carcass was left to rot. Animals cannot be killed within the park so we can see that this was an illegal act under Zimbabwean regulations. In addition, the hunters removed the lion’s collar which is a further contravention of park rules.
Piers Morgan writing for the Mail Online states:
“He and his fellow hunters tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park, scenting an area half a kilometre away. Cecil took the bait and strayed outside. Dr Palmer pounced, firing his bow-and-arrow and striking Cecil…”
I just read that the landowner of the area bordering National Park has been charged with this illegal act.
“Theo Bronkhurst, a professional hunter with Bushman Safaris, is facing criminal charges for allegedly killing a collared lion on Antoinette farm in Gwayi Conservatory, Hwamge district On 1 July 2015.”
Those charged are to be brought before the courts on poaching charges. Both the hunter and landowner had no permit and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt.
Cecil was a magnificent mature lion the authorities state. The whole event has caused considerable embarrassment to the Zimbabwean authorities. I’m surprised that Mr Palmer is allowed to import into America his trophy, the lion’s head. Should not this be banned? America has banned the import of elephant trophies so why not lion trophies?
Mr Palmer has a well documented fondness for shooting while animals. He likes to kill animals. Let’s remember that and let’s remember that he is ultimately the cause of this catastrophe.
According to the Zimbabwean conservationists hunting by bow and arrow is on the increase because it’s silent. This allows people hunting illegally or unethically to avoid detection by the authorities.
P.S. Palmer is presents this “good citizen” image in America. A person who helps the lives of other people, making them more confident. He also declares that he is a champion with his bow and arrow. This is a front for the pleasure he obtains from killing large wildlife in far off countries for his pleasure.