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The American Dentist Who Reportedly Killed Cecil The Lion Is Getting Trashed Online

Walter Palmer is being trolled like crazy, and it's not the first time the Bloomington, Minnesota, man has sparked a hunting controversy

Jul 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM ET

The Yelp, Facebook and Google pages of the Minnesota dentist who reportedly stalked and killed Cecil, Africa’s most-beloved lion, are being inundated with hate comments.

The Google page for River Bluff Dental in Bloomington, Minn., where Walter Palmer works, received more than 100 furious “reviews” in the past hour. By late afternoon, that number was up to 3,300. The Yelp page amassed more than 30 in the same time frame. River Bluff Dental’s Facebook page is also overrun with comments chastising the man for killing the majestic lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Perhaps ironically, the last post on the page was an image posted Monday that says: “Sometimes all you need is a second chance, because time wasn’t ready for the first one. #justsaying” More than 300 comments were left, many calling him “utter scum.”

Cecil was killed July 1, and the statement by Zimbabwe wildlife officials announcing his death did not mention the identity of the hunter. This week, the search for his killer picked up steam. On Tuesday, The Telegraph said Palmer was part of a team that struck Cecil with a bow and arrow after luring him out of the Hwange National Park and then shot him with a rifle 40 hours later. (It is against the law to kill any of the animals in the park.) Palmer reportedly paid almost $55,000 to organize the hunt for Cecil.

On Tuesday, authorities in Zimbabwe said they were looking for Palmer, according to the Associated Press.

The Telegraph story included pictures of Palmer posing next to several different animals that had been killed during previous African hunting trips, including a leopard and a rhinoceros. The pictures were taken from a blog run by a hunting guide who said he led the trips.

In an interview with the StarTribune Palmer disputed the report, but didn’t elaborate. “Obviously, some things are being misreported,” he said. We tried to reach Palmer for comment, but his number repeatedly rang busy. Later on Tuesday, Palmer issued a statement saying he was cooperating with authorities. “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 the statement. He went on to say that he hasn’t been contacted by authorities in the U.S. or Zimbabwe.

It wouldn’t be the first time Palmer’s quest to hunt big game animals has stirred up controversy. In 2006, Palmer reportedly hunted and killed a black bear in Wisconsin and then pled guilty to lying to a federal agent about the zone in which he killed the animal.

The website for Palmer’s dental business was up and down Tuesday morning, but this is a video advertisement pulled from the site that features Palmer talking about his practice: