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Researcher in Zimbabwe doubts report of 2nd lion killing

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion researcher in Zimbabwe on Saturday cast doubt on a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a famous lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

The satellite collar on a second lion named Jericho has been sending normal signals, indicating the lion is alive and moving around, researcher Brent Stapelkamp told The Associated Press.

A report on the Facebook page of an advocacy group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Jericho was killed Saturday and that it would provide more details when they were available.

The killing of Cecil earlier this month sparked an international outcry. Zimbabwean authorities called it an illegal hunt.

Cecil had befriended Jericho, according to Stapelkamp. Together they oversaw two prides, one with three lionesses and seven cubs and another with three lionesses.

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[This is an update to the story. Previous story below.]

Zimbabwe Conservative Task Force reports that Cecil the lion's brother Jericho has been shot dead Saturday.

"It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been in informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed at 4pm today," Zimbabwe Conservative Task Force said on Facebook.

They say they are absolutely heart broken.

This is a developing story, check back for more details.

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