Monday, 10 December, 2018

Gang of poachers eaten by lions after breaking into game reserve

More than one alleged poacher thought to be killed by lions Gang of poachers eaten by lions after breaking into game reserve
Sandy Nunez | 05 July, 2018, 23:36

It's unclear whether the incident is the same as the one being investigated by the Eastern Cape police following the discovery of suspected human skeletal remains on a game farm in the Kenton on Sea area.

Park owner Nick Fox, 60, said: "We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more".

An anti-poaching team arrived on the scene, where a hunting rifle with silencer, a long axe and wire-cutters - equipment generally used by rhino poachers - were also found. "There is so little left that they don't know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves". After immediately alerting the police, the staffers made a decision to continue their investigation the next morning as it was getting dark.

"Clearly, the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions and some, if not all had been killed", he said.

'They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here.

"They strayed into a pride of lions - it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time", Mr Fox told AFP news agency.

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And in perhaps the most heartbreaking act of conservation, park rangers in some parts of Africa are preemptively removing rhinos' horns so that poachers won't be tempted to kill the animals for them.

"However it now appears likely that the dog had been alerted by something else out of the ordinary coming from the lions", Fox said.

In 2016 the reserve lost three rhinos when poachers got into the park and shot them dead and cut off their horns.

"We're not sure how many there were", Fox continued.

Nine rhinos were killed by poachers in Eastern Cape province, where the reserve is located, this year alone.

"We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the axe confirmed it", Fox said.