Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cecil the lion killed by U.S. dentist Walter Palmer - Update I

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst (left) and safari operator Honest Ndlovu wait to appear in Hwange magistrates court, July 29, 2015.
Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Palmer is wanted for the death of Cecil. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said 'we are looking for Palmer' who allegedly paid $55,000 (£35,000) for a big game permit and traveled from Minneapolis to Africa to kill a lion.

Palmer's hunting colleagues, professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst and local landowner Honest Ndlovu have today arrived at Hwange Magistrates' Court to face poaching charges. If convicted, the men face up to 15 years in prison.
The dentist is said to be somewhere in the Twin Cities, though calls to numbers listed for his home and office went unanswered Tuesday.
A Minnesota dentist is facing a wave of internet outrage after being named as the hunter behind the death of Cecil the lion.

Walter Palmer, a dentist and avid hunter from Bloomington, Minn., was identified as the hunter who killed Cecil, a beloved and popular attraction Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. He is thought to have paid approximately $55,000 US to shoot the lion with a bow and arrow.
Two men, a professional hunter and a farm owner, face poaching charges in Zimbabwe in connection to Cecil's death.
Killing the lion was illegal, because the farm owner didn't have a hunting permit, according to a joint statement from the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority and the Safari Operators Association.
Walter J. Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie, is a practicing dentist in Bloomington.

Palmer’s dentist office on Rhode Island Avenue was closed Tuesday, apparently abruptly. One client showed up for his appointment unaware of the global turmoil surrounding his dentist. A note on the front referred visitors to a Minneapolis public relations firm.
During a nighttime pursuit, the hunters tied a dead animal to their car to lure the lion out of the national park, said Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The American is believed to have shot it with a crossbow, injuring the animal. The wounded lion was found 40 hours later and shot.

SCI keeps a detailed record book in which members display photos, measurements and other information about animals they have killed. Palmer lists 43 kills, all by bow and arrow.

In new incriminating evidence against Dr Walter James Palmer, 55 who this afternoon has become the bane of the internet after hunting down Zimbabwe Cecil the lion, 2009 documents reveal that the River Bluff Dental practitioner settled a sexual harassment suit against him from a former employee.

According to the complaint, the female employee who was also a patient alleged ‘she was subjected to ongoing and unwelcome sexual harassment by (Palmer) including, but not limited to, verbal comments and physical conduct involving her breasts, buttocks, and genitalia.’

He admitting no wrongdoing and agreed to pay the former receptionist more than $127,000, the AP said.