The Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has made a lot of enemies. But Palmer has one friend in Hollywood and that’s Ted Nugent. Far from castigating the big game hunter, Nugent champions Walter Palmer killing Cecil the lion. Cecil had to die, On July 28, Nugent posted that Palmer’s trophy kill “essential.”
In response to a question of ethics on Palmer’s kill, Nugent blasted back “the whole story is a lie. It was a wild lion from a “park” where hunting is legal & ESSENTIAL beyond the park borders. all animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting. I will write a full piece on this joke asap. God are people stupid.”
Cecil was wild but he was also a little bit “tame.” He wasn’t aggressive and was familial. He could be seen walking with his cubs in Hwange National Park. He was also collared with a GPS tracking device, which Palmer says he didn’t see till after he’d killed Cecil. But the collar didn’t stop Palmer from beheading and skinning Cecil. It didn’t stop Palmer posting pictures with Cecil’s head. The GPS might have actually helped Palmer lure Cecil outside the park as he’s accused of doing. Palmer says he feels bad and didn’t know Cecil was so famous. Palmer knows now.
Back home in Minnesota, Palmer’s received death threats from angry protesters. He’s had to close his dental practice. He may face criminal charges. His safari guides who organized the kill were punished. And it wasn’t just Cecil that Walter Palmer killed. Oxford researchers from WildCRU who were studying Cecil said he was alpha male. So Cecil’s cubs will likely be killed, probably by a rival male lion Jericho, as he’s called. According to pride laws of primogeniture, one of Cecil’s cubs is next in line to the throne.
Any usurper will have to take out the prince to claim the title. Jericho and Cecil had a kind of detente, But heavy lies the head that wears the crown. And with that head on Palmer’s trophy wall, Jericho will be after the crown. The cubs’ lives aren’t worth a tinker’s dam–if they’re not dead already. This isn’t thinning of the herds by natural selection. The pride isn’t just down one lion. It’s been cleansed of Cecil’s entire bloodline. It’s surprising a big game guru like Nugent doesn’t understand how nature works.