In the aftermath of Walter Palmer killing Cecil the lion, the dentist’s vacation home in Fla. is being targeted. The big game hunter picked the wrong lion when he paid $55K to lure and kill a beloved famous lion in Zimbabwe on July 6.
NBC News reports that someone spray-painted in huge words on the dentist’s garage door, “Lion Killer!.” The house is being vandalized and authorities are looking into who’s doing it.
Last week, there was a trail of pig feet in a red substance that was drawn across the driveway. A jar of lion-shaped cookies was also left outside the home … possibly a reference to the food that the dentist used to lure Cecil out of his protective boundaries at an animal sanctuary in Zimbabwe before puncturing him with a crossbow, then shooting him 40 hours later after tracking him down.
People reports that a patient of Dr. Palmer’s — Morgan Strober — said it was well-known that Palmer went on exotic vacations, but that he kept the hunting expeditions “quiet.” Strober says: “Dr. Palmer was always very smiley. It was no secret that he often took exotic vacations, but there was never any mention of hunting, not even to us, and we were on very good terms.”
When news hit of the lion’s demise, the dentist’s home was being targeted early on. Strober remarks that people around her are “talking about it.” Adding, “Everyone is appalled.”
What makes Strober sick in this whole thing is that she and her family have gone to Dr. Palmer for years and paying him for expensive braces, crowns, and other dental work. She’s “sick” that someone would “shoot and kill for fun, especially and endangered species …”
Morevoer, Strober says: “I also feel absolutely sick to know that the literally tens of thousands of dollars my family has paid him over the years – my braces, crowns for my parents, bridges for my grandmother, countless cleanings, fillings and tooth whitenings – has gone to fund animal-killing vacations.
“My family has already written a letter saying that in good conscience, we cannot continue to support his practice and will be looking for a new dentist.”
Zimbabwe is seeking Walter Palmer’s extradition after the lion death. The dentist’s home being targeted is just a small problem compared to what he might face ahead. His hunting guides there have been charged with illegal poaching. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is also conducting more investigations into this Minnesota dentist’s past hunting activities.