A male lion roams Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Authories are still unsure why the man was in the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve or how he ran into conflict with a pack of lions. Photograph by Andrew Coleman, Nat Geo Image Collection. Suspected Poacher Mauled by Lions. The man's exact motives for trespassing at the reserve are not yet known, but he was killed in a region known for rhino poaching. 2 Minute Read. By Sarah Gibbens. PUBLISHED February 12, 2018. The body of what authorities suspect was a poacher was found mauled by a pride of lions in South Africa last Friday
A suspected was mauled to death and eaten by a pride of outside of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, according to media reports. The victim's remains were found over the weekend at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the province of Limpopo. The lions ate most of the body but left the head behind. A loaded hunting rifle was also found nearby. "It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains," Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe said in a statement.
reported that the hunter was heard screaming for help as he was being attacked. "A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten," said a local worker quoted by the publication. Police are now trying to identify the dead man. "The process of identifying this body has already commenced and it might be made easier as his head was amongst the remains found at the scene," Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.
Between 1993 and 2014, populations of African lions declined by 43 percent, the (IUCN) said. The IUCN classifies lions as "vulnerable to extinction," one step away from endangered. The IUCN classification is propped up by a 12 percent population increase in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. However, outside of these four countries, lion populations have fallen by an average of 60 percent. The decline is due to indiscriminate killing in defense of human life and livestock, habitat loss and prey base depletion, the IUCN said.
Other causes include poaching and bushmeat trade, as well as an emerging trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine, both within Africa and in Asia. The story has since gone viral and Twitter users have commented on the poacher's death by lions as an act of karma.
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best dating a white south african man mauled by lions in south africa - WATCH Game Reserve Owner Attacked by His Own Lion in South Africa
A lion whose attack on a man at a wildlife area in South Africa was recorded in a graphic video has been killed. The News24 media outlet reported Wednesday that a staff member at Marakele Predator Centre in Limpopo province killed the lion after it mauled Michael Hodge, the owner of the facility. The graphic and potentially upsetting footage, which can be viewed below, shows Hodge walking in an enclosure behind the lion and then running for an exit when the lion turns and chases him.
The lion quickly drags him toward some bushes. The website of the Marakele Predator Centre said Hodge and his wife moved from Britain to South Africa in 1999. In the video, Hodge seems to look around and kick up a little dirt before turning to leave – at which point the creature senses him and turns around to face him. Hodge, whose face has been blurred in the footage, then tries to sprint for the door, but is caught by the massive cat, which drags him away as he pleads for help.
Another man is heard shouting: “Somebody get a rifle, just in case,” while a terrified and sobbing woman screams: “Help my dad! … Please, somebody help him.” Hodge is dragged out of view of the camera and into bushes, while gunshots are heard.
Police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said that the man who was attacked is in intensive care with jaw and neck injuries.
Thabazimbi is home to the Marakele Animal Sanctuary, which allows visitors to ride around its lion enclosure in a specially protected vehicle, according to reviews on Google.
Staff at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa discovered the men’s bloody remains on Tuesday, including dismembered limbs and a decapitated head. Several pairs of empty shoes were discovered, indicating that the lions ate the men, although staff say that more remains may be hidden in the thick bush. “The lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal,” reserve owner Nick Fox told the Daily Express.
“Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life, the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner.” Fox said that axes, wire cutters, and silenced rifles were found near the poachers’ remains.
He added that “they were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns.” A helicopter searched the rest of the 30-square-mile reserve, but found no other poachers. The firearms have been taken by the police for examination, to find out if they have been used in poaching before. On the internet, the butchered poachers found no sympathy. “Mother nature always wins…” mused American actor and conservative James Woods.
“I do hope the poor lions didn’t suffer indigestion,” said British TV personality Piers Morgan. Thank you, lions. — Nada Bakos (@nadabakos) Sibuya Game Reserve is home to elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and leopards, and is popular with tourists. In 2016, poachers successfully killed three of the reserve’s rhinos and made off with their severed horns. Rhinoceros horn is a lucrative commodity on the black market, particularly in parts of Asia, where it is powdered and marketed to the rich as a cure-all medicine and legendary aphrodisiac.
Despite the fact that rhino horn’s virility-boosting and medicinal effects are a myth, powdered horn sells for up to $100,000 per kilogram in Vietnam, worth more than its weight in gold.
More than 1,000 rhinos were killed illegally in South Africa last year, a shocking rise since 2007, when only 13 were killed.
South Africa is home to around 80 percent of the world’s 29,000 rhinos, making the country a magnet for poachers. Underfunding and lack of coordination between law enforcement agencies, as well as government corruption make the poachers’ task even easier, said TRAFFIC, an international wildlife trade watchdog.
Africa’s 20,000 white rhinos are classified as ‘near threatened,’ while its 5,000 black rhinos are considered ‘critically endangered. The western black subspecies was hunted to extinction in 2011. Like this story? Share it with a friend!
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