Poaching: Lions eat men hunting rhinos at game reserve in South Africa

More than one alleged poacher thought to be killed by lions

Gang of poachers eaten by lions after breaking into game reserve

At least two rhino poachers have been eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, the owner of the lodge said.

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.

Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender told The Herald Live that police are examining the rifles found at the scene to see if they have been used in other poaching crimes.

Park staff sent up a helicopter to look for more possible poachers.

"In a Facebook post, Fox said the poachers entered the reserve either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, noting that they had what he called "... all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns".

Mr Fox said it was not clear exactly how numerous men there were, as there was "not much left of them".

A May 2018 "60 Minutes" report revealed that they are being slaughtered at the shocking rate of three a day at the hands of poachers like the group killed in Sibuya.

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Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated". He repeated reports that parents and children were undergoing DNA testing to ensure that they were actually related.

The popular game reserve, which covers 30 square miles, is also home to the rest of Africa's big five - elephant, buffalo and leopard. Fox said all six of the lions had to be tranquilized before the poachers' remains could be recovered. Remains were also sent to be ID'd.

In 2016, three rhinos were killed when poachers sneaked into the park, shooting them and cutting off their horns.

However, this time the hunters became the hunted, when they got in the way of the resident lion pride.

"At about 4.30pm on Tuesday, one of our field guides on game drive alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains as well as other items in the immediate vicinity of the lions", he said.

Police have not identified the slain humans, and they're testing the rifle to determine whether they were poachers.

Nine rhinos have been killed with high-caliber hunting rifles at Eastern Cape reserves so far this year.

As of Thursday, it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed, according to Fox, but local police are still investigating.

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