It gets worse – Palmer used an elephant carcass as bait. They dragged the carcass from the sanctuary out of the park and waited. Jericho, Cecil’s brother showed up first – but Palmer wanted the dark-maned larger lion Cecil. So they killed an elephant too.
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“What we know [is that] there was an elephant carcass as bait,” Stapelkamp, 37, said. “The hunters dragged the carcass behind their jeep, leaving a trailing scent, and allegedly attempted to lure a lion off the reserve and onto private land.”