Suspected rhinoceros poachers mauled by lions on South African game reserve, owner says

KENTON-ON-SEA, South Africa —

Lions are believed to have fatally mauled a group of poachers on a South African game reserve, according to the reserve’s owner.

Sibuya Game Reserve owner Nick Fox said in a statement that anti-poaching dogs alerted reserve staff that “something was amiss” in the early morning hours of July 2. Staff members heard a commotion coming from the area where lions are kept and, suspecting that the lions’ activity had disturbed the dog, did not immediately investigate further.

“It is not unusual to hear them at night. However, it now appears likely that the dog had been alerted by something else out of the ordinary coming from the lions,” Fox wrote.

The next morning, warden guides found at least three sets of human remains near a high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters…

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