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Lion-Killing Dentist Hires Guards After Florida Mansion Vandalized

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 11:19 PM

The wealthy big-game-hunter pilloried for killing a beloved Zimbabwe lion has hired ex-police officers to guard his million-dollar Florida home after vandals spray-painted his property and dumped pigs' feet in the driveway, the New York Post reports.

Walter Palmer, who maintains a dental practice in Minnesota, has been in hiding since news of Cecil the Lion's slaying July 1 made headlines and sparked an international furor.

Palmer hired Global Investigative Group, a Florida detective agency, to stand guard outside his $1.1 million waterfront property in upscale Marco Island after the vandals' attack, agency head Walter Zalisko tells the Post.

"We have armed investigators on the property, we’re setting up covert cameras, we’re documenting all license plates and we also have other mechanisms set up, but I won’t say what they are," Zalisko, a former Jersey City, N.J., officer tells the Post.

"Every investigator is a former police officer. They are all highly trained, armed with hand guns and are all licensed by the state of Florida."

According to the Post, vandals spray-painted "lion killer" on Palmer's garage door, and dumped pigs’ feet in the driveway either late Monday or early Tuesday.

Zalisko believes the vandalism was the work of either "kids or animal activists."

"I think the cameras, going forward, are going to know," he tells the Post. "Whoever it is, they need to stop it or they will pay the price. If we catch someone on the property, the investigators will have the lawful right to detain them, call police and file charges."

The wealthy dentist has been the target of harsh online criticism, and there's been a half-dozen petitions on Change.org and calls by animal rights groups for U.S. laws to protect big game and prevent hunters from bringing trophies back to the United States.

Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was wounded with a bow and arrow, but not shot dead until 40 hours later.

He'd been fitted with a GPS collar for a research project by scientists from Oxford University and was one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe.

Palmer has said in a statement he regrets the killing but had hired professional local guides and believed the hunt was legal.

"The investigators will be working at various times during the day," Zalisko tells the Post.

"They're not too concerned with what’s going on with Mr. Palmer."

"We don’t dwell on the accusations. Our jobs are specific and we just take care of business. We don’t let our personal feelings get in the way. We’re all former police officers and we’ve seen it all. We just do our jobs."

Zalisko wouldn't tell the Post how much Palmer is paying for the protection.

"We’re expensive, but there’s a reason why we’re expensive," Zalisko tells the newspaper.

"Because we’re one of the best around."

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The wealthy big-game-hunter pilloried for killing a beloved Zimbabwe lion has hired ex-police officers to guard his million-dollar Florida home after vandals spray-painted his property and dumped pigs' feet in the driveway, the New York Post reports.
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