Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion returns to work

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  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    Sept. 9, 2015 12:05 p.m.

    To "65TossPowerTrap" the way you describe it, it sounds like fishing or pest control. You do realize that in Africa the people fear lions, and the damage that they cause to their herds.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Sept. 9, 2015 9:53 a.m.

    These kind of African hunts are promoted by the countries in which they occur because of economic reasons.
    Whether some anti hunting humans, who can become more vicious than the lions like it or not it was probably a legal hunt and he installed a lot of crowns to afford the trip.

    The story is overblown to feed the anti hunting crowds desire for revenge. PITA never lets go of something like this perfectly legal expensive hunt. Things do not always go as planned folks. Cecil was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another black mane has already taken his place at the head of the pride. No harm really done and Zimbabwe, or wherever, has their revenue.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 9, 2015 8:55 a.m.

    I wouldn't bait and I wouldn't shoot a lion because I don't want the skin and I don't plan to eat a lion. I have not heard the details of this hunt but there are a few questions that matter. Did he know this was a "special" lion or was he just following the directions of the guides he hired? Did he have a lion tag? was this poaching? Was it legal? If the lion was off limits but in an area designated for legal hunting, shouldn't the lion have been collared or marked in some way? If his guides took him to a location, pointed out this lion and told him to shoot it, he is not guilty of anything. If the guides told him this was a protected lion or a pet etc but told him to shoot it anyway he should be punished in some way but not as severe as the guides. If he shot it after the guides told him not to he should be shipped back there and tried.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 9, 2015 5:47 a.m.

    This story has had far too much publicity. While I support protection of wildlife, and I think this guy wasted time and money hunting when he could have been doing something useful, still it is a waste of our time to keep reading about it. I've skipped most of the stories, but I'm with the person who said there is more important news to be dumped on the public.

  • ThornBirds St.George, UT
    Sept. 8, 2015 10:05 p.m.

    Most doctors and dentists are hooked on golf, hoping to enjoy the game as much as possible.
    But this guy is very different, and not in a good way,
    How can such an educated man have such disrespect for our earth and all the wild life that was put on it?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2015 9:36 p.m.

    Is the trophy head going to be in the lobby of his office?

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Sept. 8, 2015 9:24 p.m.

    We "shoot" beyond the mark when we give wild animals names of human beings, however, shooting this lion was out of the ordinary to say the least. Remember folks, other critters besides humans enjoy the remains of wild animals left in the bush by trophy and sport hunters as well as many native people who are delighted to see legal hunting occuring in their lands both for the revenue and for the food it brings to them. Non hunters will never see the other side of the story Never, so get over it.

    Wild game is a resource that continues to thrive in our wilderness because of hunting and hunters, not in spite of them. Cecil not doubt has lots of children and grandchildren left behind for us humans to legally hunt and enjoy as tourists. And you know what, Old "Cecil" has killed more lion cubs than you can count on all your fingers and toes just to get on with whatever pride of females he currently courts. He was just a big oversized and handsome tomcat.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 8, 2015 4:20 p.m.

    Guys like this give real hunters a bad name. Hunt for meat people -- nothing else. You don't eat Lions.

  • SlickMick Ashburn, VA
    Sept. 8, 2015 4:11 p.m.

    I thought he wounded it with the arrow and that it was shot a day or two later by people from the outfit he was with after they tracked it down.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Sept. 8, 2015 3:21 p.m.

    Sorry - this is one hunter who has no respect for people who bait an animal with food and then shoot it. That is not hunting - that is trapping. I feel no sympathy for this guy.