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Feds contacted by representative for dentist who killed lion

Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, was reportedly shot dead by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, Minn., earlier in July.

Cecil, one of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions, was reportedly shot dead by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, Minn., earlier in July.

(Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Mana, EPA)

Federal authorities say they’ve now been contacted by a representative for the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tweeted Friday that the agency was voluntarily contacted a day earlier by a representative of Walter Palmer and appreciated the cooperation.

An agency spokesman verified the tweet but declined further comment.

The agency sent out a public statement Thursday saying it had made multiple attempts to reach Palmer, and it asked that the dentist or his representative immediately contact agency officials.

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The agency is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the lion, named Cecil. Friday’s tweet says the investigation is ongoing.

Palmer hasn’t returned numerous emails from The Associated Press. Attempts to reach him by phone have been unsuccessful.

Associated Press


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