Police in Zimbabwe have arrested two people over the death of Cecil, the country’s most famous lion. Mr Palmer, the American dentist who shot the lion may also face poaching charges.
But Mr Palmer said he followed the professional guides to find a lion and believed they had secured the necessary permits. He said he did not realise the lion was the famous Cecil until after the hunt.
The American tourist paid $74,300 to go on the hunt and is believed to have shot the animal with a crossbow and rifle.
Two Zimbabwean men have been charged with poaching offences because the group did not have a hunting permit. They could face up to 15 years in prison in Zimbabwe if they are found guilty.
Mr Palmer said, ” I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Zimbabwe, like many African countries, is battling to curb illegal hunting and poaching which threatens to make some of its wildlife extinct.
The 13-year-old lion was a major tourist attraction at the country’s famous Hwange National Park. The hunters had used bait to lure him outside Hwange National Park during a night-time pursuit.
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