Lion-Killing Dentist Walter Palmer Is Apparently Under Police Protection

Despite his apologies for “unknowingly” and illegally killing a famous, beloved, and protected lion, Minnesota dentist and big game hunter Walter Palmer is still not willing to take actual legal responsibility for his actions. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says that Palmer has thus far evaded their attempts to contact him as they investigate the circumstances surrounding Cecil the Lion’s death in Zimbabwe earlier this month. In a statement to Buzzfeed News, the agency said:

“The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of ‘Cecil the lion.’ That investigation will take us wherever the facts lead. At this point in time, however, multiple efforts to contact Dr. Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful. We ask that Dr. Palmer or his representative contact us immediately.”

According to Buzzfeed, “Palmer has reportedly temporarily shuttered his dental practice, and people have placed a stuffed animal memorial to Cecil in front of the office,” so while his address may be available on his one-star Yelp review page, he’s probably not there.

But here’s an idea: Maybe the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service should pick up the phone and give Eden Prairie, MN, police a call, as according to TMZ, they have offered Palmer protection in light of the death threats he’s been receiving, and will be doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood. I mean, seriously, how hard can this guy be to find, especially with those blindingly white chicklets in his mouth?

[Buzzfeed]

[TMZ]