Here's the setup (and no one is disputing it). A dentist paid $55,000.00 to kill a lion. They baited the lion off a nature reserve by tying some other dead animal to their bumper and dragged it around in the dead of night. When the lion, named Cecil (a local favorite) came off the reserve he shot it with a bow and arrow, then tracked the wounded animal for 40 hours before finishing it off with a gun. He then tried to hide the collar, took the head and left the carcass laying there.