the money hungry “professional” hunter he hired will be though

Walter Palmer, the infamous Minnesotan dentist who sparked international outrage when he killed Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, will not be prosecuted, Zimbabwe officials said Monday.

Zimbabwe’s environment minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashir, told reporters that Palmer had obtained the right permits to hunt in the country and could not be charged with a crime.

“We approached the police and then the prosecutor general, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” Muchinguri-Kashir said.

The controversy surrounding the killing was spurred by both the target of the hunt—Cecil was a black-maned lion well known by tourists and safari goers who visited the country’s Hwange National Park—and the hunting style Palmer used to kill Cecil.

Hunting guides hired by Palmer reportedly tied a dead animal on the hood of a car and lured Cecil outside the park’s protected boundaries. The seasoned hunter shot the lion with a bow, wounding the animal before tracking it down and killing it hours later. Professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst—whom Palmer hired—and a game park owner who allowed the hunt to take place on his land are being charged with breaching hunting rules that led to Cecil’s death.