Poaching is hunting without legal permission from whoever controls the land and contributes to loss of vulnerable and endangered populations of animals like tigers, rhinoceroses, or orangutans.
There are few animals poachers who illegally poison, catch, and kill animals so that they can sell the animal or its parts on the black market. In an incident that took place at a private game park in South Africa, it was the other way around. A man believed to be a poacher was mauled to death by the pride of lions he was hunting.
Over the weekend of February, it happened in the province of Limpopo of northeastern South Africa. The pack of lions attacked and killed the suspected poacher near Kruger National Park at the Hoedspruit private game park.
Little of the man’s remains were left, as the animals ate his body after killing him. Only his head was left behind.
A local police spokesman, Moatshe Ngoepe, said authorities initially thought the dead man was a park employee and tractor driver who had gone missing. However, that man has since been found alive.
The identity of the eaten man is still being determined in an ongoing investigation. A loaded hunting rifle was found nearby, leading authorities to believe he was, in fact, a poacher. Additionally, poaching in the area has been on the rise in recent years due to an increase in rhinoceros poaching.