BARNESVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating reported illegal hunting on land in western Minnesota owned by widely reviled Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer, who shot and killed Cecil the Lion, a beloved animal in a Zimbabwe national park this summer.
A senior conservation officer with the DNR told the Star Tribune on Thursday that allegations involve illegal “herding” of deer by pickup trucks and then bringing them back to land owned by Palmer in Barnesville.
There’s a $287 fine and court fees associated with violating the misdemeanor, which states a person can’t use a motor vehicle to intentionally drive, chase, run over, kill or take a wild animal.
In statement issued Thursday, Palmer contended he wasn't on the property after 11 a.m. Saturday, and didn't operate any of the vehicles described in the complaint. A representative for Palmer said the source cited by media has a history of animosity toward Palmer.