Walter J. Palmer, 80, is mistaken for killer of Cecil the lion

Walter J. Palmer is being confused with the other Walter J. Palmer, the one who allegedly killed Cecil the lion illegally. Photo: KARE
Walter J. Palmer is being confused with the other Walter J. Palmer, the one who allegedly killed Cecil the lion illegally. Photo: KARE

Walter J. Palmer has been getting lots of nasty phone calls from people upset with him about shooting Cecil the lion. The only problem is, the only lions this Walter J. Palmer has ever shot was with a camera.

Meet Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota insurance salesman who is being mistaken for Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who created a firestorm of outrage when he killed Cecil, a beloved lion from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Ever since news surfaced about the other Walter J. Palmer allegedly killing Cecil illegally, Walter J. Palmer, an 80-year-old from Minneapolis, has been receiving angry phone calls and voice messages.

NBC affiliate KARE has the story:

“They wanted to tell me what they thought of me,” Palmer told KARE. “And there were some pretty ugly, abusive calls.”

Once Palmer told them who he was — or who he wasn’t — some callers became friendly and apologized, though some “would argue with me that I was who I was.”

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Cecil the lion was allegedly killed after being lured out of a protected area with bait.

Officials in Zimbabwe are seeking the extradition of Walter J. Palmer of Eden Praire, Minnesota, which is only about 12 miles from where the unfortunate man who shares his name lives.

They share the enjoyment of lion safaris, too, but in a far different way.

“It’s much more fun to shoot an animal with a camera than it is with a gun,” Palmer told KARE.

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