Federal wildlife officials are investigating Walter Palmer and his admitted killing of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion, an act that has infuriated activists and animal lovers across the globe.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted on Twitter Thursday, tweeting “We’re investigating the killing of #CecilTheLion. Will go where facts lead. We ask Dr. Palmer or his rep to contact USFWS immediately.”
“We share your concern about the issue surrounding #CeciltheLion and we’re working to gather the facts,” the service added on Twitter.
Also, in another development, Safari Club International is suspending Palmer’s membership and wants a “full and thorough investigation” into the lion’s death.
The club, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, issued a statement late Wednesday saying memberships for Walter Palmer and his guide in Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, will be on hiatus until investigations are complete.
Bronkhorst is facing criminal charges in Zimbabwe over the July 1 killing of the beloved lion named Cecil, who was drawn away from a wildlife preserve and shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal.