Cecil the Lion’s Killer, Dr. Walter Palmer, Contacts Authorities

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Dr. Walter James Palmer, the American dentist who sparked outrage after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, has reached out to U.S. authorities, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said Friday.

A representative for Palmer "voluntarily" reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement on Thursday, the service said in a statement. 

On Thursday, officials had said efforts to contact Palmer had been unsuccessful and urged him on Twitter to get in touch.

Palmer has not been charged with a crime and has said he trusted his local guides to obtain necessary wildlife hunting permits. 

In Zimbabwe, the illegal killing of a lion is punishable by a fine of $20,000 and up to a decade behind bars, and Zimbabwe's environment, water and climate minister said Friday that officials would appeal for the extradition of Palmer, who has since returned to the U.S.

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