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Paul Broun Ate Lion, Displays Taxidermy At Congress Office

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, gestures as he finishes announcing his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014, as his wife Niki, right, looks on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Atlanta. The Athens Republican is the first candidate to enter the 2014 field officially, but he's certain not to be the last as several GOP congressmen mull a race that blew wide open when Sen. Chambliss announced last month that he would not seek a third term. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, gestures as he finishes announcing his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014, as his wife Niki, right, looks on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Atlanta. The Athens Republican is the first candidate to enter the 2014 field officially, but he's certain not to be the last as several GOP congressmen mull a race that blew wide open when Sen. Chambliss announced last month that he would not seek a third term. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) is a firm believer of "waste not, want not" when it comes to hunting.

In an interview published on Thursday, Broun told National Review Online that he doesn't just shoot for sport, even while hunting lions.

"If I shoot it, I’m gonna eat it," Broun, an avid hunter, said.

Broun said he has eaten several wild beasts, including warthog, but he didn't particularly fancy lion.

"The lion wasn’t particularly tasty," Broun told NRO. "It was kind of chewy, but I ate it too."

During a 2010 interview with Roll Call, Broun said he killed the lion during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe.

“After eating this animal, the natives called me Boss Shumba, which means Boss Lion,” he said. “They’d never seen a guy come and actually eat a lion."

As Roll Call reported in December, Broun prominently displays his hunting trophies in his congressional office. His taxidermy collection -- which includes a bear, a lion, and six other animal heads -- caused a bit of a scene in the Rayburn House Office Building's hallways when Broun moved offices last year.

“For the most part when people walk through that door -- it’s almost universal -- they look and they say, ‘Wow!’” Broun told Roll Call.

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