Suspected poacher found dead, eaten by lions

Suspected poacher found dead, eaten by lions
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The remains of a suspected big game poacher have been found at a South African animal reserve. He is assumed to have been eaten by lions.

The BBC reports that a small part of the man's remains and his head were found over the weekend along with a gun and ammunition.

The remains were found in Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Limpopo.

The man may have been in the park to hunt big game, but the specific animal he was after remains unknown.

The Limpopo province has experienced a rise in lion poaching over the last few years.

In January 2017, three lions were discovered with their heads and paws removed, and in May 2017, two lions were found dead and mutilated inside their enclosure at a wildlife rescue, National Geographic reports.

It's believed the lions' remains were used for a variety of purposes, including decoration, traditional medicine and bush meat.

The man could also have been poaching rhinos, which are more lucrative due to the resale price of rhino horns on the black market.

Whichever animal the man was hunting, he ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. A reserve worker told South African newspaper Sowetan Live that the man was found in "lion territory".


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