BLOOMINGTON, MN – Minnesota’s “Dentist the Lion-Hunter” became “The Hunted Dentist” on his first day back in the office.
Walter Palmer waved briefly, but said nothing to the gauntlet of news photographers and angry protesters as he crossed the parking lot to get to work.
Palmer has kept a low profile since being outed as the guy who killed Zimbabwe’s famous “Cecil the Lion” back in July.
Zimbabwean officials say Palmer and his guides lured the lion out of a national park so Palmer could shoot him with a compound bow.
Authorities in Zimbabwe charged the guides, and now they want the United States to hand over Palmer to face charges.
Palmer is an experienced big-game trophy hunter who says he relied on his guides to arrange for all the permits.
He also said didn’t know the lion he shot, wounded, and stalked was Cecil.
Getting people to believe him, though, may be a lot harder than pulling teeth.