A dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer, is in hiding after his role in the killing of a lion during a big game hunt in Zimbabwe.
The lion’s name was Cecil, a beloved resident of Hwange National Park and a major tourist draw for Zimbabwe.
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” Palmer said in a statement issued Tuesday. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Officials said they believed Palmer had paid between $50,000 and $55,000 for the hunt to kill the lion.
Watch the story and vote in the poll below: