Walter Palmer became the target of threats and demonstrations after shooting dead the popular lion.
He says he considers he did not realise he’d killed one of the nation’s treasured creatures and acted lawfully.
Palmer said he shot at the big cat with all the black mane having an arrow from his compound bow outside the edges of the park but it did not expire instantly. He questioned conservationist reports the injured lion roamed for 40 hours and was finished off using a firearm, saying it killed with an arrow and was tracked down a day later.
He said: ‘If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn’t have taken it. Nobody in our hunting party knew before or after the name of this lion.’
‘I don’t understand that level of humanity to come after people not involved at all,’ Palmer said.
He added: ‘I’ve been out of the public eye. That doesn’t mean I’m in hiding. I’ve been among people, family and friends. Location is really not that important.’
Palmer, an enthusiastic sportsman shut off several lines of inquiry including how much he paid he’s undertaken in regards to the hunt.
After Palmer was named in July Eden Prairie and his Bloomington practice house became demonstration sites, along with a vacation property he possesses in Florida was vandalized.
With a few posts suggesting violence, Palmer continues to be vilified across social networking.
And he said the ordeal continues to be particularly tough on adult daughter and his lovely wife, who both felt endangered.