"Everything was done properly," attorney Joe Friedberg, who accompanied the dentist to the interview along with a public relations expert, told the outlet. "This was a legal hunt for a lion in Zimbabwe. And because of the professionalism of the people who had to help him, a lion was taken."
Palmer also denied the oft-reported claims that he paid $50,000 to kill Cecil and that the lion took 40 hours to die, though he would not provide any more details about the hunt, including whether he paid more or less than $50,000 or what happened to Cecil's body.
He also, understandably, expressed concern about the level of vitriol that's been directed against him, noting that his wife and daughter have been threatened on social media. "I don't understand the level of humanity to come after people not involved at all," he told the Star Tribune.