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‘They just left his head’: Lions maul ‘poacher’ to death in South African game reserve

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A worker on the nature reserve told the Daily Mail that the area is lion territory. “A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten,” the worker said.

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Lions are often hunted for their bones which are crushed and used in medicines in Asia. Their pelts are also coveted by trophy hunters.

Last month, a Croatian trophy hunter met his own demise when he was accidentally shot dead while on a lion-hunting expedition in South Africa. Hotelier Pero Jelinić had already killed one lion and was searching for another when he was shot by one of his party. He was airlifted to hospital but later died.

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