Walter J. Palmer is a hunted man who fears for his life. The 55-year-old big game hunter has not been seen in public since a London newspaper outed him as the cold-hearted poacher who killed Africa's beloved Cecil the Lion.
The Daily Mail Online reports Palmer hired a security firm to guard his Marco Island, Florida vacation home after it was vandalized by animal activists this week.
Palmer's Minnesota mansion is also under surveillance by local police.
Palmer is reportedly spending thousands of dollars a day to protect the various properties he and his wife, Tonette, 56, own in Florida and Minnesota.
Animal activists targeted Palmer's waterfront Florida home and spray painted "LION KILLER!" on the garage door.
They also sprinkled pigs feet on the driveway.
Security expert Walter Zalisko told the Daily Mail Online the vandals are probably kids or "wacky animal activists." He added, "I can't really understand why they're doing this."
"There are millions of abortions round the world. Nobody is doing this for the abortions yet they will for an animal," he said.
According to the Daily Mail online, many of Palmer's big game trophies are hanging in the basement of his Minnesota home. He also owns property in Pelican Rapids where he keeps his stuffed trophies in an old renovated school house on the property.
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