BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The Minnesota dentist at the center of an uproar over the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has returned to his clinic after weeks out of the public eye.

Walter Palmer entered his Bloomington clinic at about 7 a.m. Tuesday without a word to media gathered outside. He parked nearby and walked to his clinic from the street. A staff member met him on the sidewalk, grabbed his arm and parted a throng of media to rush him to the front door.

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Employees also have been escorting patients from their vehicles into Palmer's clinic.

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Bloomington police are trying to minimize traffic congestion and no problems have been reported so far.

In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Palmer reiterated that his hunt was legal.