Dr. Walter Palmer, the dentist who shot and killed Cecil the lion has been in contact with authorities and has promised to cooperate with the investigation.
According to TMZ, a representative for Palmer contacted the United States Fish and Wildlife Service late Thursday evening. The investigation focuses on international law regulating hunters who move their trophies from one country to another. The United States Department of Justice is also involved and is also alleged to be investigating.
Zimbabwe officials have already said they want to extradite Palmer to face criminal charges in their country. The Environment, Water and Climate Minister of Zimbabwe alleges laws were violated; specifically laws that control the use of a bow and arrow and financing an illegal hunt.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the first time in history, is now considering listing the African lion as an endangered species; a move which would prohibit American hunters from importing lion trophies back into the United States. Without something to brag about that their friends could see, why waste at least $50,000?
Lost in the mourning of Cecil the lion, on Monday evening, five rare elephants were gunned down and their valuable tusks chopped off in a protected park in Kenya, to sell on the Asian market. Read more about this tragedy here.
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