Hunter Who Killed Cecil Will Head Back To Work

FILE- In this July 29, 2015, file photo, protestors gather outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn. Palmer killed Cecil, a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Palmer participated in an interview Sunday, Sept. 6, in which he disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he would be back at work within days. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion fueled a global backlash is disputing some accounts of the hunt as he gets ready to return to work.

In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune, Walter Palmer says he’ll be back at his suburban Minneapolis dental practice Tuesday. He has spent more than a month out of sight after becoming the target of protests and threats.

He says he was surprised to learn his hunting party had killed one of Zimbabwe’s treasured animals and says wouldn’t have hunted Cecil had they known.

Cecil was a fixture in a vast national park and was part of Oxford University lion research.

Palmer is disputing conservationist accounts that the wounded lion wandered for 40 hours and was finished off with a gun, saying it was tracked down the next day and killed with an arrow.

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