Lion EATS poacher

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Poaching is a serious problem around the world; some of the world’s most intriguing species have seen their numbers decrease sharply due to unscrupulous, illegal hunting practices. But it is beginning to seem like the animal kingdom is fighting back against poachers — at least some of the time.

Earlier this year, it was reported that an alleged big cat poacher went out of business — after a group of lions turned the owner of the illegal hunting operation into a snack.

According to the BBC report, police investigating the suspected poacher’s death revealed that a pride of African Lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa had killed and eaten the missing man.

The pride didn’t leave much behind either; only the man’s head and a few other bodily segments remained. Police are still working to identify the victim. Initially, it was suspected that the body was that of a missing tractor-trailer driver. But after the driver was found alive, police began looking into the possibility of poaching gone awry.

Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe was quoted as stating, “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions.”

The old saying, “You get what you give,” certainly comes to mind, doesn’t it?

Lion populations are dropping

Lions, often revered as some of the greatest hunters in the world, are considered “vulnerable” by the World Wildlife Fund. They say that only about 20,000 of these beautiful big cats remain. Over the last three generations, they estimate that African lion numbers have dropped by a staggering 40 percent.

Poaching is one of many factors driving their decline. The body parts of lions are often used in traditional medicine, and their bones are often used as a substitute for the more highly prized tiger bones. Whatever the purpose, poaching is a big problem for many animals.

While poaching is not the only problem facing African lions, it is something that they share in common with many other animals. Elephants are a prime example.

Other animals fight back against poaching, too

It may not be that surprising that one man would fall prey to an entire pride of lions; they are excellent hunters after all. In fact, lions are considered the top predators in their neck of the woods.

But it turns out that predatory animals aren’t the only ones capable of turning the tables on would-be poachers. Even elephants are taking a stand against illegal hunters.

Elephants are highly intelligent beings, and reports now indicate that these gentle giants have adopted “guerrilla warfare” tactics to evade hunters. According to recent research, elephants have actually changed their schedules in order to better escape poaching efforts. While most poachers go out looking for their prey during daylight hours, elephants have switched over to a more nocturnal lifestyle.

In this way, they are able to avoid becoming targets. As the largest land mammals, going unseen is surely a challenging task, yet the majestic elephant manages to pull it off. [Related: Read more stories about the animals we share our planet with at]

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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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Here’s What Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Think About Hunting

It’s not easy watching a poacher kill Winnie the Pooh, but he gets his revenge in this animation

‘What a hunt!’ is a short film by Steve Cutts, whose wonderfully dystopian illustrations of modern life we recently published here. This video, in support of animal rights, takes a creative approach to the issue of hunting by featuring some of our best-loved animal cartoon characters. A gung-ho poacher goes after all of your childhood favorites: Baloo from the Jungle Book, Bugs Bunny, The Lion King and Pumba, and even Tony the Tiger from the Frosties cereal ads.

By using characters that are so well-known and well-loved, Cutts adds an extra dimension to the idea that animals are equally as important as us- and that have as much of a right as we do to live. Watching Yogi Bear and the others getting gunned down- even if it is only a cartoon– feels strangely upsetting. But it’s all worth it for the great message (and a very satisfying ending…)

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