Ted Nugent on Cecil the Lion Killing: "This Whole Story is a Lie"

Ted Nugent, Cecil the Lion Split - H 2015
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Ted Nugent, Cecil the Lion Split - H 2015

"God are people stupid."

Musician and pro-gun activist Ted Nugent has weighed in on Cecil the lion's death, saying he believes the "whole story is a lie."

A fan of Nugent's asked him on Facebook what he thought about trophy hunter Walter Palmer killing the beloved Zimbabwe lion after luring him out of a national park with the help of professional guides.

"The whole story is a lie," writes Nugent in response. "It was a wild lion from a 'park' where hunting is legal & ESSENTIAL beyond the park borders."

He adds, "All animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting. I will write a full piece on this joke asap. God are people stupid."

The hunter and his guides reportedly led Cecil out of a national park, shot him, tracked him for 40 hours, killed him and beheaded him. 

Palmer has been publicly shamed and criticized for his hunting of Cecil. He was forced to close his dental practice and apologized to his patients for the "inconvenience." He said he "had no idea" that the lion was "a local favorite."

"Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," said Palmer.