...and then there's assholes like this guy:
American dentist says he regrets role in death of Cecil the lion July 29, 2015
(CNN) Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, says he thought everything was above board with the lion hunt he paid to go on in Zimbabwe earlier this month.
But the lion that he and his local guides hunted down and killed wasn't just any big cat, according to Zimbabwean officials.
It was Cecil, one of Africa's best known lions and a major tourist draw for Zimbabwe. The 13-year-old black mane lion suffered a slow and painful death,
according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
The hunters lured him out of Hwange National Park, the conservation group said, and Palmer then shot the lion with a bow and arrow, a method he is known for. But the arrow wasn't enough to kill Cecil, who survived for another 40 hours until the hunters tracked him down and shot him with a gun.
Police in Zimbabwe said that two Zimbabweans had been arrested over the killing of Cecil and that they were also looking for Palmer.
The Zimbabweans -- Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Trymore Ndlovu, a land owner -- were due in court Wednesday, according to a statement from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe.
Investigations suggest the killing of Cecil was illegal because the land owner "was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015," the statement said.
"All persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges," it said.
Officials said they believed Palmer had paid between $50,000 and $55,000 for the hunt to kill the lion.
The dentist said in his statement that no authorities in Zimbabwe or the United States had contacted him but that he would assist them in any inquiries.
"I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," Palmer said.
But Cecil's killing doesn't appear to be the first time Palmer has got into trouble while hunting.
A man by the same name and age, and from the same town, illegally killed a black bear in Wisconsin several years ago, according to court documents.
That individual pleaded guilty to knowingly making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was sentenced to one year on probation and ordered to pay a fine of nearly $3,000, records show.
A New York Times article in 2009 that profiled Palmer and his hunting methods said that he had served a year of probation over the false statements case.
Cecil's death this month is likely to have a damaging effect on his pride, officials said.
"The saddest part of all is that, now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil's cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females," the Zimbabwe Conservation Force said.
"This is standard procedure for lions," it warned.
Compounding the problem, "the females of the pride could die trying to defend those young," said Jeff Flocken, the North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
African lion populations have fallen almost 60% over the past three decades according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.(Cecil, seen here a few months before being killed by Walter Palmer)