ALBERTA

Walter Palmer, Hunter Who Killed Cecil The Lion, Has An Alberta Connection

07/29/2015 05:13 EDT | Updated 07/29/2015 05:59 EDT

EDMONTON — There appears to be a Canadian connection to a U.S. hunter at the centre of a social media storm for killing a protected lion in Africa.

Two Zimbabweans are accused of helping Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer lure and kill a famous lion named Cecil.

The Bowhunting Records of Alberta list a person named Walter Palmer who legally killed a mule deer in the province in October 2006.

Palmer's kill is listed as the 187th largest typical mule deer recorded in Alberta.

The outfitting industry estimates guided hunting contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the Canadian economy in rural and remote areas.

The industry mainly caters to hunters from the United States and Europe, but at least one Canadian company offers to arrange safari hunts for big game animals in Africa.

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