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No More Cecils: African Lions Now on Endangered Species List

And US hunters will need special permit to bring back 'trophies'

(Newser) - Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer caused an uproar when he killed Cecil the lion —and he may have expedited the latest Obama administration mandate. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is set to announce Monday that as of Jan. 22, lions in Africa will be protected under the Endangered Species... More »

Zimbabwe: No Charges for Cecil's Killer

Walter Palmer's 'papers were in order,' says environment minister

(Newser) - Good news for Walter Palmer: Zimbabwe announced Monday that the Minnesota dentist won't face charges for killing its most famous big cat, Cecil. "We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that (Walter) Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in... More »

Lion-Slaying Dentist: I'm Going Back to Work

Walter Palmer says he hasn't been in hiding

(Newser) - Six weeks after the killing of Cecil the lion made him America's most controversial dentist, Walter Palmer is ready to get back to work. In what advisers say will be his only interview, the Minnesota dentist tells the AP and the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he plans to return... More »

Safari Guide Killed by Lion in Cecil's Park

Quinn Swales was leading photographic walking safari in Hwange National Park

(Newser) - A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion , who was killed by a bowhunter in July. Police rep Charity Charamba said today that Quinn Swales was in Hwange... More »

Office of Cecil the Lion's Killer Back in Business

Walter Palmer's dental office reopens in Minnesota

(Newser) - The killer of Cecil the lion is in business again—sort of. The office of dentist Walter Palmer, who admitted to taking Cecil's life in Zimbabwe last month , reopened today in Bloomington, Minn., but without Palmer on the premises, NBC News reports. River Bluff Dental posted a tweet saying... More »

Cecil's Hunter Hires Security After Grisly Vandalism

Walter Palmer's vacation home vandalized in Florida

(Newser) - The Minnesota dentist who lured and killed Cecil the lion has hired a team of ex-cops to protect him after his Florida vacation home was targeted by vandals. Overnight Monday, someone spray-painted the words "lion killer" on Walter Palmer's garage door and scattered what appeared to be at... More »

Why I'm Glad Cecil the Lion Is Dead

Goodwell Nzou says Cecil wasn't 'beloved,' he was a terror

(Newser) - Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer may regret killing Cecil the Lion during an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe, but at least one person is relieved there's one less lion on the prowl. Goodwell Nzou, a Zimbabwe native studying in the US, says he had no idea who Cecil was when... More »

UPS: We'll Keep Shipping Big-Game Trophies

Company says public opinion won't influence its policies

(Newser) - While airlines at home and abroad move to ban the shipment of big-game trophies in the wake of recent public outcry, at least one company will continue to transport the heads of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffaloes: UPS. The shipping giant tells the Washington Post that it follows US... More »

Hunting Photos Trigger Boycott Campaign on Jimmy John's

CEO Liautaud is the latest to raise ire

(Newser) - The Internet hunting of actual big-game hunters continues in the wake of Cecil the lion's death, with the CEO of the Jimmy John's sandwich chain the latest target. Photos that appear to show Jimmy John Liautaud posing with slain elephants and a rhino were in wide circulation as... More »

2 Major US Airlines Ban Big-Game Trophies

No more rhino heads on Delta, American

(Newser) - More fallout from the killing of Cecil the lion : Two major American airlines say people whose hobby is killing and beheading African wildlife will have to fly other carriers if they want to take the animal parts home with them. In a statement, Delta Air Lines said it has now... More »

It's OK: Cecil's Pal Is Alive

Zimbabwe confirms reports of Jericho's demise were greatly exaggerated

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe today dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was... More »

Cecil the Lion's Brother Feared Dead; Reports Are Conflicting

Park says Jericho was killed, but researcher says his GPS movements are normal

(Newser) - Those outraged by the death of Cecil the lion have one big question today: How's Jericho? That would be Cecil's brother, and there's conflicting reports about his well-being. A senior official with Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe tells CNN that he was shot dead by an illegal... More »

Zimbabwe Wants Palmer Extradited for Killing Lion

But certain circumstances need to be met for Walter Palmer's extradition

(Newser) - Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who has incited the ire of people around the world for killing Cecil the lion , may soon be making a return trip to Africa if Zimbabwe has its say. The Zimbabwean environment minister said today that the country is seeking Palmer's extradition "so... More »

White House Must Respond to Lion-Killer Petition

Meanwhile, US Fish & Wildlife Service can't find Walter Palmer

(Newser) - A WhiteHouse.gov petition clamoring for the extradition of lion-killer Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe has passed the all-important threshold of 100,000 signatures. What the upward of 150,000 people to have signed it want: "We urge the Secretary Of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch... More »

Experts: Cecil's Death Could Doom 10 Lion Cubs

Dead lion's cubs are now vulnerable to infanticide from nearby male lions

(Newser) - The death of Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil , killed by Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer , could spark a "cascade of effects" that ultimately result in the deaths of 10 cubs in Cecil's pride. So say University of Oxford conservation experts who've been tracking one of the continent'... More »

Jimmy Kimmel Has Best Way to Respond to Lion Shooting

Emotional talk-show host says killing was 'vomitous'

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel is as outraged as anyone about the killing of Cecil the lion, who was lured away from a Zimbabwe national park, killed, skinned and beheaded, then left to rot in the sun. "Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?" he asked on last night'... More »

How Cecil the Lion Was Lured to His Death

And the fate the men who killed him face

(Newser) - It's the dawn of a new, uncomfortable day for Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who achieved infamy yesterday when it was revealed he was the hunter who felled the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe. The New York Times and Washington Post today have more on how Palmer and... More »

US Dentist Who Killed Lion Blames His Guides

Walter Palmer says he thought the hunt was legal

(Newser) - Walter Palmer of Bloomington, Minnesota, just might be the most reviled dentist in the world at the moment. After being identified by the Telegraph as the big-game hunter who illegally shot a protected lion in Africa, Palmer has issued a statement blaming his guides, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . “... More »

American Dentist Paid $55K to Lure, Kill Lion: Report

Walter Palmer identified as hunter who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil

(Newser) - The search for the hunter who killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, may be over. The Telegraph says two sources IDed the man as Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, and the Independent says the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has confirmed that. Palmer, who's believed to... More »

Man May Have Paid $55K to Kill Africa's Most Famous Lion

Spaniard sought in killing of Cecil

(Newser) - Months after Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe came under fire for exporting 23 elephant calves to China ( National Geographic has published undercover photos), the park is again mired in controversy—this time after a hunter skinned and beheaded Africa's most famous lion, 13-year-old Cecil. The lion was wearing... More »

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