Video report: Louisiana dentist receives threats after being mistaken for man who killed Cecil the lion _lowres

FILE - In this image taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a Cecil. (Paula French via AP)

A Louisiana dentist and his family are receiving death threats following the controversial killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe, according to KSLA-TV in Shreveport. Problem is, those making the threats have the wrong dentist.


Dottie Palmer, the wife of Dr. James Palmer, a Homer dentist, told KSLA about the ordeal: “This is like a new kind of bullying I’ve never been exposed to,” she said.

Cecil, the 13-year-old black-maned lion, was killed last month by big game hunter and Minnesota dentist, Dr. Walter James Palmer. Cecil’s death sparked a firestorm of controversy and forced Palmer into hiding. It is also leading to death threats for other Dr. Palmers across the country, including in Louisiana.

See the KSLA story here.