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Minnesota Dentist Won’t be Charged in Lion Killing

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– Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer became the subject of public outrage after killing the beloved Cecil the Lion this July, and Zimbabwe’s environment minister announced Monday he won’t be charged and Zimbabwe officials are no longer calling for his extradition.

He can now return to Zimbabwe as a “tourist” because he had not broken any of the country’s hunting laws, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said, the Associated Press reported. Zimbabwe’s police and the National Prosecuting Authority had cleared Palmer of wrongdoing, she said.

Palmer was met by a barrage of protesters as he finally returned to work at his Bloomington, Minn. dental practice on Sept. 8. He has said he relied on his paid, licensed guides in what he thought was a fully-legal hunt. Palmer also said he was open to speaking with authorities as part of the two-continent investigation. He said in September he felt safe to return to work and had the support of his staff and patients, but he didn’t say where he has been for the last 6 weeks, nor did he disclose the security measures he’s taken for himself or his family.

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