Conflicting reports emerge on fate of Cecil the lion’s brother

Our partners, WINK News, are reporting that the Marco Island home of the man who killed Cecil the lion was vandalized overnight.

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The words “LION Killer” are spray-painted on the garage door of Walter James Palmer, the Minnesota hunter whose killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe sparked global furor.

Zimbabwe has also said a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt in April.

Palmer said he relied on professional guides to ensure his hunt was legal.

Staff at African Bush Camps, a safari tour company operating in Zimbabwe, have been following Cecil’s pride, which consists of three lionesses and seven cubs, and confirmed on Sunday they were alive and well, and still living on the borders of Hwange National Park.

Following the public outcry, Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in the area where Cecil was killed. Two Zimbabwean citizens were arrested and face charges.

The new ban also comes after a petition launched earlier this year called for the airline to stop transporting exotic animal hunting trophies.

The hunt provoked worldwide outrage when it emerged that Cecil was a well-known attraction among visitors to the Hwange National Park and was wearing a tracking collar as part of an Oxford University research project.

As recently as May, the Atlanta-based airline had said that it would continue to allow such shipments – as long as they were legal.

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Seski seemed like a “perfect gentleman” to Stewart Dorrington, who operates Melorani Safaris and owns a game reserve in neighboring South Africa where Seski hunted in 2012. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., announced the “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act”, which would expand import bans to species proposed for listing as threatened or endangered, as well as those already listed as endangered.

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