Lion’s killing leads to charges, global out­rage

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

HARARE, ZIM­BABWE — A hunt­ing guide and a farm owner ap­peared in court Wed­nes­day on al­le­ga­tions they helped an Amer­i­can den­tist kill a pro­tected lion named Ce­cil, and the head of Zim­babwe’s sa­fari as­so­ci­a­tion said the big cat was un­eth­i­cally lured into the kill zone and de­nied “a chance of a fair chase.” The Zim­bab­wean men were ac­cused of aid­ing Wal­ter James Palmer, who re­port­edly paid $50,000 to track and kill the black-maned lion. Zim­babwe po­lice have said they are look­ing for Palmer, whose ex­act where­abouts were un­known. Dur­ing the night­time hunt, the men tied a dead an­i­mal to their car to draw the lion out of a na­tional park, said Johnny Ro­drigues, chair­man of the Zim­babwe Con­ser­va­tion Task Force. The Amer­i­can is be­lieved to have shot it with a cross­bow, in­jur­ing the cat. The wounded lion was tracked for 40 hours be­fore Palmer fa­tally shot it with a gun, Ro­drigues said. A pro­fes­sional hunter named Theo Bronkhorst was ac­cused of fail­ing to “pre­vent an un­law­ful hunt.” Court doc­u­ments say Bronkhorst was su­per­vis­ing while Palmer shot the an­i­mal. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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