Walter Palmer Will Not Be Charged For Cecil's Death
Walter Palmer has officially gotten away with it.
Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister, who had called for Palmer's extradition to stand trial for the death of Cecil the lion, said Palmer could not be charged because all his "papers were in order," according to the BBC.
Palmer, a trophy-hunting dentist from Minnesota, sparked international outrage last July when he paid $55,000 to shoot and kill Cecil, Zimbabwe's famous black-maned, beloved lion. The 13-year-old lion lived at the supposedly protected Hwange National Park.
"To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted," Palmer said of Cecil's death after news broke. "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."
Theo Bronkhorst, the guide who led his client, Palmer, to find and kill Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil, allegedly helped to lure the lion out of a protected national park so that Palmer could shoot him with a bow and arrow.