- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vandals spray-painted the words “Lion killer!” on the garage door of the $1.1 million Florida vacation home owned by Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who sparked an international uproar by killing Cecil the lion last month in Zimbabwe.

The phrase was spray-painted in blue on the white garage door of Mr. Palmer’s Marco Island home. The vandals also left at least seven pickled pig’s feet on the dentist’s driveway, the Naples Daily News reported.

Marco Island police have opened an investigation for misdemeanor criminal mischief.

“We knew the background information and about the potential problems that could occur at the home when something like this happens,” said Marco Island Police Capt. David Baer, the Daily News reported.

Walter Zalisko, whose Global Investigative Group was hired to protect Mr. Palmer’s Marco Island home, said the vandalism was limited to the front exterior.

The home, which has appeared vacant since the Cecil news broke, has been the target of other protests with people leaving behind signs and stuffed animals of lions, the Daily News reported.

“We have people from our office stopping by periodically to check on the property,” Mr. Zalisko said. “Apparently someone came in late last night or early in the morning and vandalized it.”

Mr. Zalisko’s company will be installing security cameras outside the home, and armed investigators will patrol the property at different times of day, he told the Daily News.

Neighbor Jerry Hautman said he has seen the protests and members of the media parked in front of Mr. Palmer’s home.

“I think people should be emotional about things other than shooting lions,” he told the paper.

Officials in Zimbabwe have said they’ll seek Mr. Palmer’s extradition, alleging he killed the 13-year-old lion illegally. Mr. Palmer has maintained that he relied on professional guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

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