Jan Casimir Seski: Zimbabwe Says another American doctor illegally hunted a lion.

Another American Doctor Illegally Hunted a Lion With a Bow and Arrow in Zimbabwe

Another American Doctor Illegally Hunted a Lion With a Bow and Arrow in Zimbabwe

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Aug. 2 2015 2:02 PM

Another American Doctor Illegally Hunted a Lion With a Bow and Arrow in Zimbabwe

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A vehicle carries visitors arriving at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 2, 2015.

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First a dentist, now a gynecologic oncologist. Another American doctor appears to have illegally killed a lion in Zimbabwe in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago. Amid international outcry over the killing of iconic lion Cecil, Zimbabwe authorities said Sunday an American doctor illegally killed a lion in April, also around the Hwange National Park.  Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority named the American as Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, reports the Associated Press.

The New York Daily News identifies Seski as a 68-year-old gynecologic oncologist with a practice in Pittsburgh. It seems Seski is an avid hunter. A 2012 post on Facebook from Melorani Safaris, which bills itself as “South Africa`s premier bowhunting destination,” claims Seski went on a 10-day hunt and “harvested some very nice animals,” including a giraffe. (Melorani Safaris seems to have taken down its Facebook page that included photographs of a man who appeared to be Seski.)

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A local landowner was arrested in the case and is reportedly cooperating with authorities. "When hunters come into the country they fill a document stating their personal details, the amount they have paid for the hunt, the number of animals to be hunted, the species to be hunted and the area and period where that hunt is supposed to take place," National Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo said to explain how authorities know Seski’s name. "The American conducted his hunt in an area where lion hunting is outlawed. The landowner who helped him with the hunt also did not have a have a quota for lion hunting."

Zimbabwe continues to seek the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer, who apparently killed Cecil the lion a month ago. The National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on Saturday suspended the hunting of lions, leopards, and elephants around the Hwange National Park. It also suspended bow and arrow hunts. Until now, around 50 lions were killed per year in Zimbabwe by hunters, a number that was higher before reforms to the industry in 2013, reports the Telegraph.



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