People Are Flooding This Dentist's Facebook After He Was Named As The Hunter Who Killed Cecil The Lion

Here's what the internet does when it thinks you killed a lion.

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A spokesperson for Palmer told The Guardian: “As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil." BuzzFeed News attempted to reach Palmer at his dental practice but was unable to get through.

Zimbabwean police told the Associated Press that they are searching for Walter Palmer.

Zimbabwean police search for American who allegedly shot and killed a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow: http://t.co/fS3azKKCZG

According to a local reporter, Palmer's office is completely shut at the moment.

Dental practice belonging to controversial big game hunter Walter Palmer completely locked down. All shades drawn.

Users tweeted death threats and began sharing the contact information for Palmer's dental practice, River Bluff Dental.

Let us hope that Walter Palmer,who "bravely" killed a magnificent lion in Zimbabwe with a compound bow and arrows,meets a similar fate soon.

Think it's safe to say that dentist Walter Palmer of lion killing "fame" is the most hated man in the world right now. Good stuff.

#WalterPalmer needs to spend $50,000 on therapy to figure out why killing #animals makes him feel more like a man. #CecilTheLion

Walter Palmer, you're a heartless fuck. Some advice, avoid me at all costs.

Truly. I'd put a cross bow bolt through Walter Palmer then track him from 40 hrs, shoot him, behead him, skin him and sleep peacefully.

After a few hours, people began to notice their Yelp reviews had been deleted.

Holy SHIT @Yelp is deleting the reviews of Dr. Palmer's practice at an impressive pace. (People keep reposting.)

BuzzFeed News reached out to Yelp about the deletions, and a spokesperson sent this statement in response.

"Media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines. One of these deals with relevance. For example, reviews aren't the place for rants about a business's employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don't address the core of the consumer experience. Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience, not what someone read in the news. Our user support team ultimately removes reviews that violate these guidelines.

Although most instances like these do not reach the current level of scrutiny and media attention, Yelp has proven policies in place to deal with such events and will remove content that violates our Terms of Service."

The site also has a support center page that advises users on how they can report reviews that appear to have been "posted in response to a news story rather than a personal consumer experience."

Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion, was of the main attractions at the Hwange national park in Zimbabwe. He was found decapitated and skinned, The Guardian reported. Cecil was reportedly lured out of the park using bait and then shot with a bow and arrow. A group of hunters tracked the lion for 40 hours before killing him with a rifle, the newspaper said. There were conflicting reports as to the nationality of the man believed to have killed the lion. Johnny Rodrigues, of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, originally said the man was Spanish, CNN and others reported.

A Zimbabwean involved in the hunt said they had not realized Cecil's importance, The Telegraph said.

"It was a magnificent, mature lion," he said. "We did not know it was well-known lion. I had a licence for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot."

You can read the full statement from The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association here:

Facebook: ZPHGA

Facebook eventually deleted all of the photos from Jones' profile, saying it will remove “reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse.”

The Facebook page of Walter Palmer's dental office has been pulled down.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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