Ugly American Goes Into Hiding After Killing Cecil The Lion

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'SUFFERED INCREDIBLE CRUELTY': Cecil the lion's senseless, 10-hour death detailed in new book
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March 7, 2018
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Booze shook the secret loose from the hunting staff. They arrived thirsty at the safari lodge in the Zimbabwe wilderness in July 2015. Their pockets were fat with cash.
Drinks went down and they became chatty, talking about a huge lion killed days earlier by a visiting trophy hunter.
The lodge workers overhearing the boasts immediately wondered if the hunters were talking about Cecil, the 12-year-old lion who prowled the Kalahari woodlands of the Hwange National Park, according to a new book by Oxford University researcher Andrew Loveridge.
Walter James Palmer (left) poses with animals killed while on safari in this undated handout photo. Handout/Postmedia Network
It would prove to be the first clue in unraveling how Cecil was killed. The big cat had not been seen since July 1. Jericho, the area’s other male lion, had filled the recent nights with lonely, unanswered calls. The lodge workers relayed what they’d heard to a National Parks ranger.
Cecil’s 2015 death created international controversy, with much of the fervor knotting around Walter Palmer, a 55-year-old Minnesota dentist and avid big game hunter.
Palmer had reportedly paid local hunters and guides $50,000 to bring down Cecil with a bow-and-arrow on the Gwaai Conservancy, a private wildlife refuge bordering the park.
In this image taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The volume of the uproar rose when it was reported no lion hunting had been legally greenlit for the area.
Palmer later issued a public apology stating that he “had no idea that the lion (he) took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study.”
Although Palmer’s guide was initially charged for his part in Cecil’s death, a Zimbabwe high court later dropped the proceedings.
Loveridge’s book, “Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil and the Future of Africa’s Iconic Cats,” offers the first detailed account of Cecil’s last hours, including new information on how the hunters lured the lion out of the park to his death.
Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil and the Future of Africa’s Iconic Cats
The book, based on interviews with members of the hunt and the analysis of Loveridge’s data, also corrects many of the factual errors plaguing news coverage of the death.
“What I find most difficult about the whole incident is the apparent callousness with which the hunters undertook this hunt,” Loveridge writes in the book, which was excerpted this week in National Geographic.
“The lion was a commodity to be collected, ‘taken’ in hunting parlance. Concern for the pain and suffering of the animal never seems to have been a particular consideration.”
The book arrives as big game hunting again is a hot topic in the United States. Under President Donald Trump – whose sons are big game hunters – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been rolling back restrictions on importing hunting trophies from overseas.
Walter James Palmer (right). Handout/Postmedia Network
In October, the agency began issuing new permits of lion carcasses from Zimbabwe.
Palmer’s attorney was not immediately available for comment on Loveridge’s book.
Loveridge studied Cecil for eight years, and the work was often beset by loss.
Since the research began at the park in 1999, 42 collared male lions have been killed by trophy hunters, according to National Geographic.
“It’s hugely sad to lose a study animal that you are very very familiar with, you spent a lot of time with,” he told the BBC after Cecil’s death.
“You get very up close and personal with them. They all have personalities, so it’s very distressing when they die, not only from trophy-hunting but from other causes as well.”
In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 file photo dentist Walter Palmer, arrives back at his office following a lunch break in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone-File)
According to the book, members of the research team began worrying about Cecil on July 6, when they noticed the animal’s GPS collar had not transmitted data since July 4. The collar had new batteries. A malfunction was unlikely.
When the team heard rumors about a lion hunt, they hit the field, picking up the information from the safari lodge. Eventually, the team tracked the boastful hunters down to Antoinette farm, “a 25-five-square-kilometer parcel located in the Gwaai,” Loveridge writes.
From interviews with staff there, the team learned an elephant carcass was transported 300 meters from where it was killed to a location for the Palmer hunt. Downwind from the dead elephant – an appetizing lure for a lion – staff members constructed a blind in a nearby tree. This is where Palmer initially shot Cecil, Loveridge writes.
This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called “Cecil.” AFP PHOTO
The lion survived the first arrow hit.
“It is clear that Cecil was at this stage mortally wounded and hadn’t moved far from where he was shot,” the author writes. “This is corroborated by the GPS data from Cecil’s collar, which allows a forensic reconstruction of events. The collar sent a position from the hunt site at just before 9 p.m. By 11 p.m. the collar’s position had moved 80 meters roughly southeast from the carcass. It therefore seems probable Cecil was shot at some point between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on July 1.”
Palmer and his hired team finished Cecil off “10 to 12 hours after being wounded.”
“Cecil suffered incredible cruelty for at least 10 hours, severely wounded and slowly dying,” the book states. “Clearly, although the wound was severe, the arrow had missed the vital organs or arteries that would have caused rapid blood loss and a relatively quick death. Certainly, the lion was so incapacitated that in all those hours he’d been able to move only 350 meters from the place where he was shot.”
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Cecil the lion's killer dentist turning scaredy-cat over new book
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March 27, 2018
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March 27, 2018 5:47 PM EDT
Minnesota dentist Walter Robinson.
The Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion is terrified a new book about the beloved big cat will again make him a target.
Dr. Walter Palmer — a frequent flier in the dodgy hunting practices arena — was the object of global ire when he killed Cecil three years ago.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer is terrified about what a new book will reveal about his killing of beloved lion Cecil. REGAN ARTS
Now, a new book entitled Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil and the Future of Africa’s Iconic Cats, is expected to toss the dentist into the social media lion’s den.
“Palmer’s now worried that animal activists will come after him again,” an insider told the New York Post.
In the book, written by Oxford zoologist Andrew Loveridge, more details emerge about Palmer’s criticized deed.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer has a penchant for the trophy hunting of endangered species.
The book alleges that Palmer’s guide lured Cecil out of its sanctuary in Zimbabwe with an elephant carcass.
Then, after shooting Cecil with an arrow, they left the big cat to suffer and die for 10 agonizing hours.
Palmer has reportedly had his lawyer ask for an advance copy. Publisher Regan Arts torpedoed the idea.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer is afraid of blowback from a new book. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Dr. Palmer is welcome to pre-order a copy on ReganArts.com,” a Regan rep told the Post.
Three years ago, Jimmy Kimmel branded him an “a**hole” and hinted the dentist suffered from erectile dysfunction.
Firebrand Mia Farrow also had tweeted Palmer’s address, encouraging activists to march outside his office. And they did.

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Poachers poison three lions, rare tiger for potion parts
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May 28, 2018
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The four big cats poisoned by poachers for their claws and heads. The parts are used by witch doctors. JUSTIN FERNANDES/ FACEBOOK
A heartbroken conservationist wept as he cremated three lions and a rare tiger that were poisoned by poachers who wanted the big cats’ bones for black magic potions.
Poachers often cut off the heads and paws for witch doctor spells.
Justin Fernandes posted a heartbreaking video describing how he discovered his white lion Elvis in agony.
His golden tiger Kai was dead nearby. Two more lions, Hercules and Taariq, were found dead elsewhere in the enclosure, killed by poison.
The regal animals were discovered Friday in the Jugomaro Predator Park in Limpopo, South Africa.
“There is a big market for their bones and I am going to destroy my cats completely so they go nowhere but here,” Fernades wrote on Facebook, where mourners posted tributes to his page.
“They tried to take their claws and teeth for black magic, which is one of the sickest things I have ever heard of in my life.”
Justin Fernandes weeps for his three lions and a tiger that were poisoned by poachers. JUSTIN FERNADES/FACEBOOK
Slamming the poachers as the “most evil money-grabbing people,” Fernades said he has a deep “hatred” for them.
“These people cut off their heads and paws for the teeth and claws and sell them for ridiculous amounts of money for so-called traditional healers to make potions that people think carry the animals’ power in them.”
Instead of leaving the bones, Fernades burned them so the poachers couldn’t return to collect them.
The big cats are cremated so the poachers who poisoned them can’t return for their bones. JUSTIN FERNANDES/ FACEBOOK
Nearly 100 people drove to the park to pay homage to the animals.
The poison the animals were fed is so deadly, a teaspoon can kill a rhino.
Fernades vowed to send future poachers “home in body bags.”
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Hunter kills buffalo, buffalo's friend kills hunter
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Hunter Claude Kleynhans was killed by a buffalo after killing another buffalo.FACEBOOK
A hunter became the hunted and paid with his life.
The professional hunter — who claimed he had a “100% success rate” — shot and killed an African buffalo and was then killed by another member of the herd.
According to The Citizen, South African safari company owner Claude Kleynhans, 54, got more than he bargained for.
When he went to load the remains of his kill, he was charged by another buffalo who is believed to have hit the man’s femoral artery.
He died almost instantly.
Hunter Claude Kleynhans was killed by a buffalo after killing another buffalo. FACEBOOK
Kleynhans — owner of Guwela Hunting Safaris — offered a ‘buffalo package deal’ that claimed it had “Big Buffalo 100% success.”
His ex-wife, Corina van der Merwe, said he was a former police officer who became a professional hunter in 1987.
Hunter Claude Kleynhans was killed by a buffalo after killing another buffalo. He was also a dedicated conservationist. FACEBOOK
On social media, the hunter’s passing was met with mixed messages. Some heaped derision on the dead man.
Pamela Tomaro D’Angio said: “I love when Poachers get killed by the animals it makes me extremely happy!! … You killed plenty of animals and now it was your turn you useless sick minded coward.”
Another user, Dede Thomas, said: “Nature’s Karma Sevenfold got you’ while poster Matt Skee claimed: ‘Claude deserved everything he got .”
But friends took umbrage saying Kleynhans was a dedicated conservationist.
One wrote: “You are obviously an overseas jerk that has no clue about professional hunting. Be careful what you speak over people.”
Hunter kills buffalo, buffalo’s friend kills hunter | Toronto Sun
 

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Woman blasted as ‘American savage’ for posing with slain giraffe
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An American woman has found herself in the centre of a firestorm after she shot and killed a rare black giraffe in South Africa and then posed for photos with the animal’s carcass.
“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today!” Tess Thompson Talley boasted on Facebook about the kill in June 2017.
“Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite awhile. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4,000 lbs and was blessed to be able to get 2,000 lbs of meat from him,” she added in the post, which has been deleted.
The scandal only came to light after AfricLand Post recently posted on twitter the year-old shots of the Kentucky resident cradling a gun by the dead giraffe.
“White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity,” read the publication’s tweet.
Twitter users immediately expressed their displeasure — and support.
“Shooting a giraffe is not hunting,” wrote one. “It is killing a rare and beautiful creature with no defense and an easy target.”
“She spends the money for this coward hunting trip to kill a life’s precious animal for her ego thrill,” blasted another.
However, some weren’t turned off by Thompson Talley’s desire to kill.
“Good for her for buying a license…and spending tens of thousands of thousands to pursue her legal, ethical dream,” said one supporter.
Another pointed out: “This was taken two years ago on an 18-year-old giraffe that could not mate anymore and would scare off the younger giraffes so this young lady did the right thing. And it was a legal kill.”

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'THEY PICKED THE WRONG PRIDE': Poachers eaten by lions after breaking into South African game reserve to slaughter rhinos
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Big male lion lying in dense grassland in Kruger National Park in South Africa in this file photo. (johan63/Getty Images)
A gang of poachers who broke into a South African game reserve to hunt rhinos soon became the hunted when they were attacked by a group of hungry lions.
According to reports, three suspected hunters were devoured by a pride on the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Province of South Africa.
A head and other bloody body parts were recovered in the area on July 3, along with three pairs of empty shoes, according to the Daily Mail.
Officials searched for more possible missing poachers in the area but none were found. Reserve staff did however find high-powered rifles with silencers, wire cutters and an axe.
“We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes, which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more,” said Nick Fox, the game reserve owner, according to the Mail. “They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here.
“But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.”
While Fox said they were sad the poachers were killed, “This sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner.”
The Sibuya reserve is home to rhinos, lions, elephant, buffalo and leopards and is popular with British tourists.
Police declined to speculate if those killed were in fact poachers, but the recovered weapons were sent for testing to establish if they had been used in any other known poaching crimes, according to the Herald Live. Remains were also sent to be ID’d.
Three poachers are eaten by lions at South African nature reserve | Daily Mail Online
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Idaho wildlife official resigns after outrage over killing baboon family
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In this Jan 3, 2018 photo several female Gelada baboons, also known as bleeding-heart baboons, cuddle with their youngs in order to keep warm at the Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart, Germany. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP/FILE PHOTO)Sebastian Gollnow / AP
BOISE, Idaho — A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip Africa, ending days of turmoil for a state where big game hunting is popular but critics said the photo was seen as unsportsmanlike by hunting enthusiasts.
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said in a statement that he asked for and accepted Blake Fischer’s resignation on Monday, three days after the Idaho Statesman newspaper published the first report about a photo of Fischer smiling with four dead baboons propped in front of him.
The photo and others of Fischer and his wife shooting at least 14 animals in Namibia were accompanied by descriptions in an email that Fischer sent to more than 100 recipients. Fischer has said he did nothing illegal, unethical or immoral.
He didn’t apologize for killing the baboons but said in his resignation to Otter that he “recently made some poor judgments that resulted in sharing photos of a hunt in which I did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested.”
The baboon family photo showed blood visible on the abdomen of the smallest baboon, its head lolling back to rest on the chest of one of the dead adult baboons. Fischer killed them using a bow and arrows, visible in the bottom of the picture.
It drew condemnation from longtime Idaho hunters, including Otter, who is 76 and said Tuesday that he has “hunted and fished all my life.”
“I would never have done that, and I would never encourage anybody to do that,” Otter told The Associated Press in an interview.
The photo of Fischer with the dead baboons hurts Idaho’s reputation as a hunting and fishing paradise, Otter said.
“I think it’s tainted,” he said. “Fortunately, he has resigned. We’d like to get this behind us because this is not us.”
Fischer was one of seven members on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Otter appoints commissioners and under Idaho law can also remove them. Otter initially appointed Fischer in 2014 and reappointed him in June to a second four-year-term.
“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” Otter said. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not.”
Fischer and his wife during their Africa trip also killed a giraffe, a leopard, an impala, a sable antelope, a waterbuck, a kudu, a warthog, a gemsbok (oryx) and an eland.
Fischer has a business in southwestern Idaho that sells irrigation products used by ranchers and farmers. He did not return a telephone message seeking comment that was left at his business on Tuesday.
Most of the photos with the animals were posed, like typical big game hunting photos from Idaho and other western U.S. states showing hunters with dead deer, elk and mountain lions.
After the baboon photo was made public, at least two former Idaho Fish and Game Commission members to call for Fischer’s resignation.
“Sportsmanlike behaviour is the centre pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity,” former member Fred Trevey said in an email.
The commission Fischer served on makes policy decisions about Idaho’s wildlife, and it often manages game populations through hunting and fishing regulations.
Those regulations are intended promote ethical wildlife hunting. Some of Idaho’s policies, such as on wolf and grizzly bear hunting, have been challenged in federal courts.
Otter said he has received several applications to fill the open commission seat but had no timeline for naming a new commissioner.

http://torontosun.com/news/world/id...igns-after-outrage-over-killing-baboon-family
 

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Hot 'huntress' under fire for bloodsport porn
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October 25, 2018
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Freshly killed wild animals make professional hunter Larysa Switlyk smile. INSTAGRAM
A sexy “huntress” found herself a target of rage after she posted photos of a wild goat she had just shot in Scotland.
Now, TV hunting hostess Larysa Switlyk is leaving social media after receiving a litany of death threats among the 12,000 people who responded.
The host of the syndicated hunting program Larysa Unleashed did not take the drubbing well.
In a message posted on Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday night, Switlyk said she was off to reconnect with nature.
Freshly-killed wild animals make professional hunter Larysa Switlyk smile. But now she is under fire. INSTAGRAM
Posting a photo of herself next to a small seaplane, she wrote: “My ride has arrived — I’m headed out on a bush plane for my next hunting adventure and will be out of service for 2 weeks.
“Nothing better than disconnecting from this social media-driven world and connecting back with nature.”
She added: “Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation. FYI, I was in Scotland over a month ago…”
Professional hunter Larysa Switlyk has triggered outrage with her kills. INSTAGRAM
The one-time accountant who turned to hunting after getting a taste of blood sports triggered the furor with a picture of herself beside the dead goat.
She boasted: “Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland. Such a fun hunt!! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well.
“Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him with the @gunwerks and @nightforce-optics ! (Good thing too because he could have ran off the cliff into the water).”
A spokeswoman for animal rights group OneKind was furious.
“It’s utterly shocking to see these images of Larysa Switlyk and other hunters posing for photos with the wild animals they killed on a recent trip to Scotland,” Sarah Moyes told the Daily Mail.
“Yet again, instead of celebrating Scotland’s magnificent wildlife, we are seeing these beautiful animals exploited in the name of sport.”
One BBC commentator described Switlyk as a “twisted sicko”.

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No packing the carcass out on her back pr butchering and tanning the hide and then eating and finally making a few tools from the bones. That is what hunting is about. If they now have brothels with dolls perhaps that is the trend 'sport hunting' should take or give them a knife only, and a pat on the back along with a 'good luck bagging that tiger'.


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No packing the carcass out on her back pr butchering and tanning the hide and then eating and finally making a few tools from the bones. That is what hunting is about. If they now have brothels with dolls perhaps that is the trend 'sport hunting' should take or give them a knife only, and a pat on the back along with a 'good luck bagging that tiger'.
The 'Alone' series should be expanded to it being a new National Sport.
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