A Zimbabwean court has thrown out charges against professional hunter Theo Bronckhorst, who helped a dentist from Minnesota kill Cecil the lion last year, reports National Geographic.
The court said that the charges against Bronkhorst "were too vague to enable him to mount a proper defense.” He was charged with failing to stop an illegal hunt.
American dentist Walter Palmer paid Bronkhorst $54,000 to bow-hunt Cecil in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.
Bronkhorst's role as a professional hunter was to make sure the planning of the hunting trip went smoothly. He arranged for the permits and licenses and saw to the needs of the client. It's up to the professional hunter to make sure that the hunt is conducted legally.
Park officials said that Bronkhorst did not have the proper permit or quota to hunt Cecil.
The park owner was also charged for allowing an illegal hunt to occur on his property, but he posted bail and his status remains unclear.
A few on Twitter are still mourning Cecil's death, although maybe not too seriously.
And many are still upset over the lion's death.
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