Wisconsin dentist mistaken for killer of Cecil the lion


August 2, 2015

JANESVILLE - A Wisconsin dentist is dealing with angry phone calls because he has the same last name as the Minnesota dentist accused of killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

Mathew Palmer of Janesville says he has received about 30 calls since Tuesday night, when officials in Zimbabwe identified a Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer as the American hunter who killed the lion.

Mathew Palmer tells a news outlet that he's received calls from as far away as Florida. Someone even signed him up for a computer-automated messaging service that calls him every hour to recite cat facts.

The 40-year-old says he's since changed his phone number. He also says he doesn't hunt.

Associated Press