Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions

Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions

A pack of lions killed a man near Kruger National Park

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A man suspected of poaching has been mauled to death by lions in South Africa, according to local media.

The man was killed near Kruger National Park and almost the entirety of his body was then eaten by the lions, according to Newsweek.

Local media said what was left of his body was discovered near the town of Hoedspruit, Limpopo on Friday (February 9) alongside a rifle and ammunition.

A Limpopo police spokesperson revealed the lions only left behind "his head and some remains" and officers are working to identify him.

Moatshe Ngoepe said it appeared the man was “poaching in the game park" when the lions began their attack.

Poaching is very popular in the area, particularly of lions as their bones are often used in Asian traditional medicine.

The Environmental Investigation Agency has also found lions bones are used instead of tiger bones in Chinese medicine, because the country has implemented a ban on trading tigers.

The population of lions in Africa is thought to have decreased by 43% from 1993 to 2014 and it is estimated that there are just 3,490 lions in South Africa.