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Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

By Ray Downs
Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa
A lion snarls at tourists at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, the capital of the China's northern Heilongjiang Province near Russia on February 27, 2012. In South Africa on Monday, police said a lion poacher was attacked and eaten by a pride of lions. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A pride of lions attacked and ate a suspected lion poacher in South Africa, police said Monday.

The mostly-eaten body of the man was found in the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve over the weekend. The identity of the man has not been determined, but police found a hunting rifle near his remains, leading them to believe he was a poacher.

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"We are still trying all other means, including the Home Affairs Department, to get his history, which may lead us to his residential place," said Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, according to Sowetan Live.

He added: "The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene."

According to the BBC, lion body parts body parts are in demand throughout Africa and Southeast Asia for use in traditional medicine.

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