Zimbabwe won’t charge Minnesota’s lion-hunting dentist

Zimbabwe officials say they won’t file charges against Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who shot Cecil, the iconic lion, in July.

Reports in July had indicated that officials from the African nation might file charges and seek extradition of Palmer, who has hunted big game around the world. After reports of his lion kill, Palmer’s Bloomington dentist’s office was picketed and death threats were made against him.

He finally broke his silence in September with an interview with the AP and the Star Tribune, and claimed he believed he had legally killed the lion.

 Today, the news from Harare, Zimbabwe, indicates that officials agree with him, according to Sky News:

Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said: “We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order.”

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