A suspected poacher was mauled to death by lions in South Africa
Local police said little was left of the man’s body after the attack that occurred in a private game park near Kruger National Park. “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,” a Limpopo police spokesman told AFP. The police added that a loaded hunting rifle was found near the body. Police are still trying to identify the victim.
Meanwhile, a Croatian trophy hunter was shot dead as he tracked a lion in South Africa
Pero Jelinic, 75, was an experienced hunter who frequently traveled with the intention of adding to his already sizeable trophy collection.
A police spokesperson told News24 that the hunting party had killed one lion and were tracking a second when Mr. Jelinic was struck by a stray bullet.
It remains unknown who fired the fatal shot and police are investigating a case of culpable homicide as well as illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Mr. Jelinic was killed at Leeubosch Lodge, a remote farm in the North West province of South Africa where captive lions are bred to be hunted by paying visitors.
The controversial practice is legal in South Africa, with 200 canned hunting farms throughout the country.