“What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over,” Palmer’s spokesman told The Guardian in a statement.
A professional hunter and the land owner where the lion was killed have already been criminally charged. Police said they are looking for Palmer.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Lion Was Left Skinned & Headless on the Outskirts of the National Park
2. The Hunters Allegedly Tried to Destroy Cecil’s Collar to Hide the Evidence
3. He Faced Prison Time in 2008 for Lying to a Federal Agent About the Killing of a Bear