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Walter Palmer Lied to Federal Agents About a Bear Hunt in 2006 [DOCUMENTS]

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Walter Palmer, right, is accused of paying to hunt down and kill a famed lion called Cecil, left, in Zimbabwe. (YouTube screenshots)

The Minnesota dentist accused of hunting and killing a famed lion in Zimbabwe on a trip he paid $55,000 for, has had a previous run-in with the law.

While Dr. Walter Palmer has not been charged in the death of Cecil the Lion, he does have a criminal record that includes a felony conviction in 2008 for making a false statement to federal agents. Palmer pleaded guilty to the charge in 2008 after admitting that he lied about where in Wisconsin he killed a bear in 2006.

According to court documents, the hunting of black bears is allowed in only three zones in Wisconsin. Palmer was licensed in 2006 to hunt black bears only in an area called Subzone A1. Palmer was accused of killing a bear outside that zone, and then lying about where he killed it.

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Read the charging document filed by the U.S. Attorney in the case below:

Palmer killed a black bear on September 30, 2006, near Phillips in Price County, Wisconsin, about 40 miles outside the area he was licensed to hunt, court documents show. Palmer and the others on the bear hunt together agreed to say it was killed in Minong, Wisconsin, which is inside Subzone A1, if authorities asked where the bear was killed, prosecutors say.

Palmer and his hunting buddies moved the bear carcass to the registration area in Subzone A1, and Palmer filed a bear registration stub, falsely certifying the bear had been killed in Washburn County in Subzone A1, according to court documents. He then moved the carcass to his home in Minnesota.

In October 2006, Palmer was interviewed by a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and lied to him, falsely saying he shot the bear legally and in Subzone A1.

Palmer eventually pleaded guilty to the charge. He faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The plea agreement also called for him to forfeit the remains of the bear to federal authorities.

Read the plea agreement below:

Palmer was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,938.

The sentencing document can be read below:

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Palmer was also convicted in 2003 of fishing without a license, a misdemeanor, in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. He paid a small fine in that case. And in 2009, he settled sexual harassment allegations filed against him by a former employee.

Palmer could still face charges in Zimbabwe and authorities there say they are looking for him. Two men, the professional hunter Palmer hired and the owner of the land where the lion was killed, have already been criminally charged.

Read more about Palmer at the link below:

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11 comments

  1. I read a comment earlier where some hunter posted a rant going on about how people who eat meat are hypocrites because the animals they eat also die. There is a difference in being a hunter and a trophy hunter. Palmer is a trophy hunter. Surprised to see how one doesn’t know the difference when other hunters on this page also agree that he is a coward.

    Imagine being a tourist and seeing this magnificent creature. Imagine being someone who monitored his activity and watched him grow for thirteen years. Now the reality is that an American paid money to lure him out of a protected area so he could kill him, for a trophy. This person stole a part of Africa and degraded it. He took the lifetime memories of Cecil that were once beautiful and turned them into a horror story that has inflicted grief and sorrow upon many.

    Walter Palmer, we don’t want your apologies, we want you to pay dearly for what you did. Losing your business, your name tainted, and your family shamed are consequences of your behavior and it is not enough. For those of us who are intelligent, we know you are not sorry you killed Cecil. You are only sorry you got caught. We do not believe you did not know of the laws. You are a businessman and this was not your first big game hunt.

    Who are we to judge you? We are the vast majority of the public who are outraged by what you have done.

    I urge everyone not to let this one blow over like Leonard Dodson taping Caitlyn’s mouth shut.

    It is time.

  2. The article notes that Palmer is a convicted felon. How then did he own firearms? I believe it is illegal in every state for a felon to own firearms. If he did so illegally, there is an opportunity for law enforcement to go after him

  3. This is not hunting. How is it sport to lure a FRIENDLY lion and then shoot him. There was no skill in what you did or anything a REAL hunter would have done. You should send a million dollars EACH to water systems, electrical systems and animal conservation in this country. You should NEVER be allowed to hunt any animal again EVER.

    • Great reporting. He also had sex charges in 2009, paid out $127,000.00 settlement. This was an employee who he harassed. Why is this relevant, because it shows his deviant behavior. Those pearly whites will not be showing in his smile anymore, they will be a necklace for a tribe in Africa. From: Heavy.com To: diana.kunselman@att.net Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 2:38 PM Subject: [New comment] Walter Palmer Lied to Federal Agents About a Bear Hunt in 2006 [DOCUMENTS] #yiv3633765439 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3633765439 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3633765439 a.yiv3633765439primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3633765439 a.yiv3633765439primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3633765439 a.yiv3633765439primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3633765439 a.yiv3633765439primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3633765439 WordPress.com commented: “This is not hunting. How is it sport to lure a FRIENDLY lion and then shoot him. There was no skill in what you did or anything a REAL hunter would have done. You should send a million dollars EACH to water systems, electrical systems and animal conser” | |

    • Try the sex charges in 2009, $127,000.00. It shows the mindset of this scumbag. His teeth may end up as a necklace around the neck of one of the locals. He will never smile again. I hope he is bankrupt and never recovers. Sorry, I am not a mean person, but 39 kills, who knows how many WERE legal. From: Heavy.com To: diana.kunselman@att.net Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 2:38 PM Subject: [New comment] Walter Palmer Lied to Federal Agents About a Bear Hunt in 2006 [DOCUMENTS] #yiv5186228647 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5186228647 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5186228647 a.yiv5186228647primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5186228647 a.yiv5186228647primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5186228647 a.yiv5186228647primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5186228647 a.yiv5186228647primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5186228647 WordPress.com commented: “This is not hunting. How is it sport to lure a FRIENDLY lion and then shoot him. There was no skill in what you did or anything a REAL hunter would have done. You should send a million dollars EACH to water systems, electrical systems and animal conser” | |

  4. How does a person plead guilty and face up 250,000 fine and 5 years and walk away with 1 yr probation and 3000.00 restitution? I live in ky . Some years ago some locals from my small town got caught spotlighting deer. They did not have any deer with them, although they had guns with them.They lost all guns, camping gear, vehicle. Each one of them got a 10,000 fine and lost hunting privileges for 10 years. This joker basically gets nothing. They could have at least given him 5yr probation. Sounds fishy to me.

  5. The guy is a disgrace to society. AND the hunting community. The justice system failed. Failed to protect. Palmer does what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants. In 2008, Palmer should have received the max, with a warning: possible ban in the future; which only allowed him to continue his weak actions in 2015, And possibly any other illegal killings in between? Thank you justice system, for Palmer’s bogus sentencing in 2008. To all connected with Palmer and in these acts, you are a pile of Jokers who have no respect.

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