Zimbabwe: no charges for U.S. lion-killer

(R Reports) – Zimbabwe will not charge American dentist Walter Palmer for killing its most prized lion Cecil in July.

A cabinet minister said on Monday (October 12) — Palmer had obtained the legal authority to conduct the hunt.

Palmer, a lifelong big game hunter based in Minnesota, has admitted he killed Cecil with a bow and arrow near a protected national park in Zimbabwe.

He says he hired professional local guides with the required hunting permits and he believed the hunt was legal.

News of the lion’s death prompted global social media uproar, even though the passing of the celebrated predator went largely unnoticed in Zimbabwe.