Zimbabwe Bans Hunting Of Lions, Leopards & Elephants In Response To Cecil Killing

Zimbabwean wildlife authorities say they have suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favored by hunters following the killing of a lion popular with tourists.

The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said Saturday that bow and arrow hunts have also been suspended unless they are approved by the authority’s director.

The authority says it is also investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal. It says it only received the information this week.

The announcement follows an international outcry stemming from an American hunter’s killing of a lion named Cecil that was allegedly was lured out of a national park. Zimbabwean authorities say the hunt was illegal and are seeking the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer

By associated press. Source-Daily News photo-Cecil in Hwange National Park in 2012. In response to the US Dentist Dr Walter Palmer’s killing of cecil the lion, Zimbabwe has now banned the hunting of lions, leopards and  elephants.

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