Prosecutors seek to extradite dentist in killing of Cecil the lion

Prosecutors in Zimbabwe announced Friday that they plan to seek extradition of a Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion during a paid hunt.



Officials say Walter Palmer lured Cecil the lion out of a national park before shooting him and removing a trophy from the carcass.



Palmer went into hiding after apologizing for killing Cecil, insisting that he did not know the animal was protected.



The head of the safari company that led the hunt has already been charged for the crime.



Marcella Leone, the director of LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich says lions are an endangered species and that there are less than 20,000 of them left in the wild.



Leone says luring and killing them disturbs the balance of the ecosystem.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."