Zimbabwe to US: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe wants the American dentist who allegedly shot a beloved lion extradited “so that he be made accountable.”

Walter James Palmer of Minnesota has gone into hiding. American Fish and Wildlife officials want Palmer to contact them.

Palmer is believed to have shot the lion, named Cecil, with a bow on July 1 outside Hwange National Park, after it was lured onto private land with a carcass of an animal laid out on a car.

Some 40 hours later, the wounded cat was tracked down and Palmer allegedly killed it with a gun.

On Tuesday, Palmer released a statement saying he relied on the guides to make sure the hunt was legal.

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