Seems that the antis may have won the battle, and now the lions are going to lose the war. I wonder if the animal lovers are going to make up the lost revenue and pay for relocating the excess cats??
From Zimbabwe Park to Cull 200 Lions, Cites Lack of Hunters - OutdoorHub
"Hunters traditionally helped to keep lion numbers in check, as well as bringing a much needed financial boost to the park. However, officials are now blaming something they call the “Cecil effect” for the lack of hunters. In 2015, the hunting of a black-maned lion named Cecil by an American dentist, Walter Palmer, drew international outrage after the Zimbabwe government accused Palmer of poaching. The charges were later dropped, but activist groups continued to target big game hunters in Africa and urged many governments, including Zimbabwe, to close their borders to hunters. This is despite the fact that many conservationists have long agreed that hunters are needed to not only manage wildlife populations, but also provide the funds to protect the same species they hunt."