DNR says not enough evidence to charge Walter Palmer with herding deer

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Walter Palmer won't be charged or warned in connection with a woman's claim the dentist was illegally herding deer on to his west-central Minnesota land.

According to Valley News Live, the DNR says there simply wasn't enough evidence to press charges or issue a warning to Palmer, who rose to notoriety after publicly revealing he killed Cecil the lion over the summer.

Back in November, a woman told the DNR she saw a pickup truck herding deer on to land owned by Palmer near Barnseville, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota statutes state it is illegal to "intentionally drive, chase, run over, kill, or take a wild animal" using a motor vehicle.

A statement from Palmer to the paper said neither he nor any guests were on the property at the time the woman said it occurred.

DNR officials were unable to get the details needed during the investigation to actually identify a suspect, and the car used doesn't seem to have any connection to Palmer, Valley News Live said.

The woman, Leah Thompson, told Mike McFeely with Forum News Service that she isn't surprised by no charges being filed, but does say maybe "something good will come from this."

Palmer was not charged in Cecil's killing, and maintained throughout the investigation he had the proper permits and relied on his guides – and did not know Cecil was part of a study. He returned to his Bloomington dentistry in September after more than a month out of sight, as the global outrage over the lion's death boiled over.

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