If the locals think it's so great, why are they
up in arms?
Worth noting: The collar he was wearing? Was part of a study about the effects of sport hunting near preserves
. Turns out it's a big problem - 24 of the 62 tracked animals were killed by sport hunters, and the general pattern for lions living on the border of preserves is much higher.
Also worth noting: This is not his first lion hunt
. He had some idea how this works.
Also also: His statement that his "local guides" had secured all proper permits? Big surprise, it was a lie.
One of his guides was the owner of the farm where the shooting took place. If he was involved in hunting, it's rather unreasonable to think he didn't know
that his own farm was an unquotaed, unpermitted area. And if the good doctor thought this was all legal and above board, he was remarkably
incurious about the attempted destruction of the GPS collar.
So yeah, this whole thing is shady as shit, and the only source saying it was legal is a man with a vested interest in shaping the narrative and a track record of lying about the legality of his hunts. Death threats are, as always, unacceptable, but I sure as hell won't cry because his practice shut down or because people are angry at him.