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article imageLion mauls illegal hunter to death in South Africa

By Anne Sewell     Oct 31, 2015 in Environment
An illegal hunter, along with his two dogs, was killed by a lion on a private game farm in the Limpopo area of South Africa, close to Kruger National Park Thursday.
Referring to the recent killing of Cecil the Lion just over the border in Zimbabwe, some residents feel the killing of the illegal game hunter by a lion is pure karma. Calling the case "poetic justice," the Chicago Tribune says supporters of the iconic Zimbabwean lion will have no sympathy for the man killed in the current incident.
Reportedly 24-year-old Matome Mahlale was part of a group of five illegal hunters on the game farm in the Limpopo Province, close to Kruger National Park. While the men hunted, two lions suddenly came upon the group, and while three men climbed a tree and a fourth managed to escape on foot, Mahlale and his two hunting dogs were mauled to death by one of the lions.
A spokesman for the Limpopo Province police, Colonel Ronel Otto explained that they have a huge problem with illegal hunters in the region. He said it is difficult for the police because the problem is so vast. While they work with the rural communities in an effort to catch the illegal hunters or poachers and get to the scene as soon as they can, they say they cannot prevent the illegal hunting from happening.
As reported by the Washington Post, while police continue to investigate the latest incident of illegal hunting, the owners of the private game farm on which the lion attacked the men is not pursuing a trespassing case against the survivors of the attack. Naturally Mahlale's family will not lay any charges against the game farm for the killing of Mahlale, who was illegally hunting on the property.
The latest illegal hunting incident comes just three months after American dentist, Walter Palmer, killed Cecil the Lion in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, just across the border from the private game farm where the latest incident occurred.
While that incident caused a global outrage, Palmer managed to escape any charges for the killing of the popular lion and has been told he is welcome to travel back to Zimbabwe at any time. However as reported by the Inquisitr, his hunting guide, Theo Bronkhorst, appeared in court recently and is now unable to work as a professional hunter as his license has been cancelled. According to Bronkhorst his life has been ruined by the incident, but many say at least he is still alive, unlike the iconic lion.
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