Minnesota Dentist Wanted For Killing Cecil The Lion
Zimbabwe officials have identified the person who shot and killed Cecil the lion as Walter James Palmer from Minnesota.
Zimbabwean authorities are searching for a Minnesota dentist who they say killed Cecil the lion, an iconic animal that lived at Hwange National Park.
It also reported Palmer and the professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst, lured Cecil out of the park, injured him and then finally killed the lion 40 hours later. (Video via ABC)
"They say that this is illegal and horribly tragic because it was a huge tourist draw for the country. Certainly, at the very least, unethical to bring a lion outside of a reserve like this and to kill it," a CNN reporter said.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Palmer issued a statement saying, "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."
But CBS spoke with a wildlife expert, who says even though Palmer might not have known who Cecil was, his local guides surely would have.
"I mean a black mane lion like that you can see from afar and even on a hunt. You are definitely going to identify that this — hang on this is a collared lion and it is Cecil," Dex Kotze told CBS.
NBC reports Palmer was been involved in another hunting incident before. In 2006, he received a year's probation and was fined $3,000 after illegally killing a black bear.
Both the professional hunter, Bronkhorst, and the man whose land Palmer and Bronkhorst lured Cecil onto to kill him, now face poaching charges in Zimbabwe.
Sudan's Generals, Pro-Democracy Group Ink Deal To End Crisis
Sudan's coup leaders and the main pro-democracy group signed a deal Monday to establish a civilian-led transitional government.By Marwan Ali / AP
Tanzania: Small Plane Crashes Into Lake Victoria, 19 Dead
The Precision Air plane encountered issues amid bad weather and plunged into the water.By AYO TV via AP
Two Explosions Rock Somalia's Capital, Leaving "Scores" Dead
The attack occurred on a day when the president, prime minister and other senior officials were meeting to discuss combating violent extremism.By Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP
Democratic Sen. Warnock Wins Georgia Runoff Against Walker
With Raphael Warnock's second runoff victory in as many years, Democrats will have a 51-49 Senate majority.By Brynn Anderson / AP
Lions Rescued From A Ukrainian Zoo Have Found A New Home In The U.S.
Ukraine has made efforts to fly many of their most endangered animals out of the war-torn country, like lions from the Odesa Zoo.By The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Police Officers Receive Congressional Gold Medals For Jan. 6 Response
Congress honored law enforcement officers who defended them and the U.S. Capitol, 23 months to the day after the Jan. 6 insurrection.By Alex Brandon / AP