In a statement on Tuesday, Palmer denied any wrongdoing. "To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted," he said. "I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt."
"I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," he added.
Palmer, who's a frequent big-game hunter, added that he hasn't been contacted by authorities but would cooperate if they reached out.