Lions maul alleged rhino poachers to death

Alleged rhino poachers mauled to death by lions in South Africa

Lions maul to death suspected rhino poachers on South African game reserve

A trio of South African poachers got a very harsh lesson on who sits atop the food chain.

PRESS RELEASELions Kill Suspected Poachers on Sibuya Game ReserveSometime during the night of Sunday 1st and early.

At this stage in the investigation, it is not known how many poachers were killed in the incident.

On Tuesday afternoon, a field guide alerted the anti-poaching unit that there appeared to be human remains near the area in which the lions reside.

Police are investigating the incident to find out exactly how many poachers were killed. At the same time he'd heard a commotion coming from the lions so he suspected that's what prompted a reaction from the dog. Authorities believe the men entered the game reserve in the early hours of Monday; they were found dismembered the following day, the news agency reports.

Previous reports suggested that a lone poacher had been attacked, but further investigation of the bad scene suggested at least two people were devoured by the lions.

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

"They were armed with high powered rifles with silencers, an axe for the horns, wire cutters and side arms, so were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns".

"We're not sure how many there were - there's not much left of them", stated Nick Fox, owner of the reserve.

The lions were shot with tranquilizer darts to protect reserve employees and police who were involved in the recovery effort on Wednesday. She said, "We do not know identities, but firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before".

After ensuring the lions were not a threat to tourists, Fox said there will not be any changes to "the status quo of our lions".

Poaching is a major issue on the Eastern Cape with nine rhinos killed by illegal hunters on reserves this year.

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