Lions Kill And Eat Suspected Poacher

A suspected poacher was found dead last week after being killed and partially eaten by lions, according to reports out of South Africa

The victim was attacked on Friday night. His remains were discovered on Saturday at a private game reserve near Kruger National Park, Sky News reported.

“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP. “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”

A loaded hunting rifle was found near the remains. 

Initial reports indicated that the victim may have been a farmworker whose tractor stalled and was attacked by the lions as he attempted to walk home, local news site The Citizen reported. That man was later found safe. 

Now, authorities believe the dead man was trying to illegally hunt the protected big cats. They are still working to identify the body. 

“The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene,” Ngoepe told SowetanLIVE. 

South Africa’s IOL said several lions were poisoned in the same region last year. Their heads and paws were also chopped off. 

National Geographic reported that the region was known more for rhino poaching rather than lion poaching. However, lion parts are sometimes used in traditional medicine. 

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Suspected poacher eaten by pack of lions in South Africa

The moral of the story is: Don’t go out and try to shoot lions.

It would be untoward to celebrate the violent death of anyone – this is not a victory lap, there will be no “just deserts” jokes (she says, making the joke without making the joke). But the reality is hard to deny: If you’re going to sneak into a nature preserve at night and try to illegally kill a rare and dangerous wild animal, well, there may be consequences. And those consequences might be getting mauled to death and eaten.

And such is the news from a private South African game reserve near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where more and more animals have been killed illegally over the past few years. The suspected poacher was killed by the lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said, adding that little was left of the victim’s body, reports AFP.

“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 told AFP.

At first officials thought the victim was a local tractor driver; but then the driver showed up alive and police found a loaded hunting rifle near the body. They found other weapons and ammunition after further searching, and two other sets of footprints, suggesting there was a small team of poachers working together. They are still trying to determine the identity of the victim.

Last year in Limpopo, several lions were found poisoned with their heads and paws sawn off.

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the lion population has experienced a reduction of approximately 43 percent over the past 21 years. They note that, among other things, lion populations are threatened by trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine, both within Africa and in Asia.

May this grisly news serve as a cautionary tale…

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Suspected Poacher Is Eaten By Lions Who Leave Only His Head Behind

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

A man has lost his life after being attacked, and eventually eaten, by a pride of lions whilst on a private game reserve.

The big cat poacher was heard screaming for help whilst on a private game reserve in South Africa, in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa. Reports state that despite his calls for help, he was quickly killed by the lions who then ate his entire body, leaving just the head as they were chased off.

Police in Limpopo are now trying to identify the unknown man, who was found to have a hunting rifle next to the remains of his body, causing police to investigate the possibility of him being a poacher. Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said, ‘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’, whilst the reserve owner was told not to speak to the media as the investigation was still being conducted.

A local worker added, “The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest. 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.”

Charlie Lynham, a British wildlife photographer who live near the reserve and has spent many years photographing the resident lions, arrived at the gates just after the paramedics raced into the scene. He said, “It turns out it was not the resident pride that lives here responsible as they were on a buffalo kill at the time of the incident but a pride perhaps come over from the Kruger (National Park). It happened on the border of the Umbabat Game Reserve after dark and may have been on their reserve. Two .456 big game rifles and ammunition were found at the scene and that is the weapon of choice used by those hunting big game – especially elephant and rhino in the bush.

“I cannot say if it was poachers as the matter is under investigation but that is their weapon of choice and they usually work in groups of three and work under cover of darkness. Two sets of footprints have been found running away and obviously the dead and eaten man.”

According to Mr Lynham, there were no anti-poaching groups in the area at the time, and despite being speculation, “it would seem very possible that you have poetic justice here. Lions are not a particular danger in daylight but after dark, then that is another matter. It is purely speculation on my part but it would seem they either walked into a pride of lions in the darkness or they were stalked and attacked and a man was taken down and eaten. The other two it seems ran off and two .456 big game rifles were found and ammunition.”

He concluded, “If you go out walking in the bush in the dark then I am afraid you are fair game in the wild and there is no way that anyone can attribute any blame to those lions for this kill.”

I’m Jess Murray, wildlife conservationist, photographer and writer. Follow my Facebook page and Instagram account to be part of the journey. I like to document the natural world and create awareness through my writing so that your future can be sustainable and positive.

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The five best moves and one worst made by the Detroit Lions in the 2017 offseason

The Detroit Lions had a pretty good year last season. It didn’t finish the way they wanted with a wild card round exit in the playoffs, but a lot of things went right for them to get into the playoffs.

Despite reaching the postseason, the Lions had more holes to fill than they would like to admit and they appeared to fill most of those holes but also created another. Here are the five best moves and the worst one made by the Detroit Lions this offseason.

#1 – Several draft picks

The Lions did not pick early in each round but did get impact players at positions they need in more than just the first round. Jarrad Davis, taken in the first round, instantly became the most talented linebacker on the team. He doesn’t have the experience of Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow but has a better size-athleticism combination than them. Teez Tabor, second round, had a very good collegiate career at Florida but did not have very good 40-yard dash time. He still gives the Lions three quality corners right away. Michael Roberts, fourth round, was one of the better pure tight ends in the draft. He is a decent blocker with good receiver skills. Jamal Agnew, fifth round, is a small-school playmaker. Coming from the FCS-level, he is still adjusting but his ball skills give the Lions hope for the future. Finally, Brad Kaaya, sixth round; he is a quarterback that entered last season as a possible high first-round pick. He is likely the quarterback of the future, not Jake Rudock. The Lions did a lot of good things in the draft that will help with the present and the future.

#2 – Signing Darren Fells

The Lions have had problems with blocking from their tight ends for several years. Darren Fells was one of the better blocking tight ends on the market this offseason. At 6-feet-7-inches tall and 281-pounds, he is built more like an offensive tackle than a tight end. With that said, he is athletic enough to run routes and does not give away a play when he enters the game. This season, the Lions will be able to mix-and-match Fells with Eric Ebron. That will allow Ebron to use his athleticism and receiving skills more often.

#3 – Upgrading right guard and right tackle

Ricky Wagner and T.J. Lang are an improvement over Riley Reiff and Larry Warford, who were a terrible tandem themselves. The Lions have had offensive lines in recent seasons, but are quickly becoming one of the better units. Wagner and Lang were the top players at their positions available in free agency and the Lions went out and got them. From left tackle across the line to right tackle, the Lions projected starters are Taylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, Travis Swanson, Lang and Wagner. They may be the best five-man unit in the division.

#4 – Letting Riley Reiff sign elsewhere

It seems hard to imagine that a team would let a former first round draft pick walk that had gradually improved in each of his first four seasons, and be applauded for it. But that is the case with the Lions and Reiff. He struggled out of the gate at left tackle, but had gotten better each year before being moved to right tackle last season. It was just a little better than his rookie season. But, with the Lions in win-now mode, they couldn’t wait for him to get his game back to league-average on the right side.

#5 – Attempting to improve backup quarterback position

Matthew Stafford hasn’t missed a game since 2010, but the worst thing a team can do is enter a season without a contingency plan at quarterback. Dan Orlovsky is an experienced journeyman backup but Jake Rudock and Kaaya are more talented and can win more games for the Lions if something should happen to Stafford.

The worst: Not re-signing Anquan Boldin

Boldin is not a burner. He is not going to get long touchdown catches but he is going to move the chains and score in the red zone. No one, especially not on the Lions roster, is as good as Boldin at finding the open areas at precisely the right distances than him. The Lions will struggle in far more third down situations without him. While he may still return, the Lions need a receiver they can rely on to move the offense.

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First lions to return to Rwanda after over two decades

The lion remains listed as vulnerable at a global level, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in an updat
The lion remains listed as vulnerable at a global level, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in an update to its “Red List” of threatened species

Lions will return to Rwanda for the first time in more than two decades, wildlife officials have said, after the endangered animal was wiped out following the country’s 1994 genocide.

Seven lions—two males and five females—are being transported from South Africa and will arrive by air in Rwanda on Monday after a 36 hour journey, where they will be taken and released after at least two weeks quarantine into the eastern Akagera National Park.

Park officials in Akagera, a 112,000 hectare (27,6800 acre) bordering Tanzania, said the reintroduction was “a ground-breaking conservation effort for both the park and the country of Rwanda.”

Lions in Rwanda were stamped out after the 1994 genocide, which left an estimated 800,000 people dead.

Fleeing refugees and displaced people occupied part of the park, with the being driven out or killed as people tried to protect their livestock.

“It a breakthrough in the rehabilitation of the park,” said Yamina Karitanyi, head of tourism at the Rwanda Development Board. “Their return will encourage the natural balance of the ecosystem.”

Lions are coming from parks in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, from “relatively small, confined reserves where it is necessary to occasionally remove surplus lions,” a statement from Akagera added.

The seven were chosen “based on future reproductive potential and their ability to contribute to social cohesion”, with animals including a mix of ages and genetic makeup.

‘Conservation milestone’

The lion remains listed as vulnerable at a global level, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said Thursday in an update to its “Red List” of threatened species.

Rapid decline has been recorded in eastern Africa, which historically has been a stronghold for lions, IUCN said, warning that trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine in Africa and in Asia was a new and emerging threat to the species.

The western African lion subpopulation is listed as “critically endangered” due to over-hunting and dwindling prey.

“The return of lions to Akagera is a conservation milestone for the park and the country,” said Peter Fearnhead, head of African Parks, which helps run Akagera.

The park is fenced, but the cats will be equipped with “satellite collars” to reduce the risk of them entering inhabited areas.

“The collars have a two-year life, by which time the park team will have evaluated the pride dynamics and only the dominant individuals in each pride will be re-collared,” the park added.

Akagera offers plenty of food for the top predator, and is home to multiple antelope species, buffaloes, giraffes and zebras, as well as leopards and elephants.

Some two hours by vehicle from the capital Kigali, it is an important tourist destination, with some 28,000 visitors in 2014.

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