Lion killed in illegal hunt, American accused–A wealthy American has been accused of killing a lion during an illegal hunt.
Dr. Jan Seski, 68, is now wanted by authorities in Zimbabwe after he allegedly killed a lion in April, adding to the outcry over the Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.
Palmer, a veteran big-game hunter, insists that he had secured the necessary hunting permits, unaware at the time that his target was the most famous lion in Africa. Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest wildlife reserve, and the lion killed was its star attraction, named Cecil the Lion.
Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, of shooting the lion with a bow and arrow in April near Hwange National Park, without approval, on land where it was not allowed.
Jan Casimir Seski is a gynecological oncologist who directs the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He’s also an active big-game hunter, according to safari outfitters and bow-hunting sites that have posted pictures of kills identifying “Dr. Jan Seski” as the man standing next to slain animals including elephants, an impala, a kudu, a nyala, a hippo and an ostrich.
According to Caroline Washaya Moyo National Parks spokeswoman, Seski had provided his name and other identifying information for a government database when he came for the hunt. “When hunters come into the country they fill a document stating their personal details, the amount they have paid for the hunt, the number of animals to be hunted, the species to be hunted and the area and period where that hunt is supposed to take place,” she said. “The American conducted his hunt in an area where lion hunting is outlawed. The landowner who helped him with the hunt also did not have a have a quota for lion hunting.”
Zimbabwe’s wildlife authority said it had suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in the Hwange area. Bow and arrow hunts also were suspended, and can only be approved by the head of the wildlife authority.IMAGE/ wktvcom