U.S. dentist not charged in lion’s death

Zimbabwe’s cabinet minister said they will not charge an American dentist for killing its most prized lion — Cecil — in July.

They said Walter Palmer — the U.S. Dentist, had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt.

Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told reporters that after approaching authorities it turned out that the Minnesota-based dentist, Walter Palmer, “came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order”.

Palmer, a lifelong big game hunter, has admitted killing Cecil with a bow and arrow on July 1 near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park

But he said — he had hired professional local guides with the required hunting permits and believed the hunt was legal. (A featured report from Reuters)