The hunter is now being hunted.
A Minnesota dentist who paid over $50,000 to game hunt in Zimbabwe, allegedly killed the wrong lion.
Cecil, a 13-year-old prized and beloved lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, who was also part of a study that Oxford University was conducting, was shot with a crossbow and authorities believe the man responsible is Walter James Palmer.
Outrage has been sounded around the world including by avid hunters.
Kyle Caesar said, "It just gives all hunters a bad name. We're not all out there hunting stuff, killing and you're killing just so you can say you killed it. I eat all my birds, I eat all my dear."
Worst of all, Cecil the Lion was lured out of the park by Palmer and two Zimbabwean guides and when shot with the arrow, was tracked for 40 hours before a gunshot finally killed him. A cruel way to lose his life.
"If you're going to shoot it, lets kill it. I hate seeing animals suffer," added Caesar.
"I would be disappointed to see any lion being killed. I mean, It's nature so why would we want to kill it?" according to David Lattin.
"You should never hunt like that, bating something is not right," said Thomas Rack.
Palmer says he hired professional guides who got the proper permits, and that he didn't know the lion was a local favorite or part of a study until after the hunt.
Now, authorities have Palmer in their sights.