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Cecil's Hunter Hires Security After Grisly Vandalism

Walter Palmer's vacation home vandalized in Florida
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2015 5:33 AM CDT
Cecil's Hunter Hires Security After Grisly Vandalism
A driveway is shown vandalized Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the Marco Island home of dentist Walter Palmer.   (Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP)

(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 least seven pickled pigs' feet in his driveway, reports the AP. Walter Zalisko of the hired Global Investigative Group suspects "kids or animal activists" are to blame. "We have armed investigators on the property, we're setting up covert cameras, we're documenting all license plates," he tells the New York Post, adding all of his investigators are "highly trained, armed with handguns."

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Last week, a critical, hand-written sign was also left on Palmer's property. Police say they're investigating. "If we catch someone on the property, the investigators will have the lawful right to detain them, call police, and file charges," Zalisko says. Palmer has blamed the illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe on his guides, and one appeared in court Tuesday. He called the case "frivolous" and "wrong," noting hunting is "an integral part of our country and it's got to continue and if we do not use wildlife sustainably, there will be no wildlife." Zalisko says the accusations against Palmer aren't an issue. "We just take care of business," he says. "We don't let our personal feelings get in the way." (Read more lion stories.)

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