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American Doctor Defends Zimbabwe Lion Hunt

On Tuesday, an American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said that he had followed all rules and regulations. The Zimbabwe government said that Dr. Jan Seski, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, used a bow and arrow in April to kill a lion without approval--on land where hunting is not allowed. Seski's Washington attorney, Gregory Linsin, said "During this trip, Dr. Seski did lawfully hunt and take a lion. As required by the rules in Zimbabwe, he promptly notified the Zimbabwean authorities and provided them with all of the information and paperwork required by law. He ensured that he was at all times in compliance with all rules, regulations and laws and had the necessary permits required by Zimbabwe."

Seski is a gynecological oncologist who directs the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. The Zimbabwe government said that there is an ongoing investigation, but no charges have been sought against Seski. Linsin also said, "Dr. Seski urgently wishes to return to his medical practice and to continue serving his patients. As he has for the past 35 years, that is where Dr. Seski intends to focus his energy and attention."

In addition, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh said it was reviewing Seski's donation of two Nile crocodiles and an American alligator to see if he followed international standards published since the donations were made. The museum stated "If they are found to be in conflict with those standards, we will return them to the donor." The owner of the land, where Seski's hunt took place, said that he had filled out the required paperwork and acted in good faith.

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