Man Illegally Hunting Lions Ends Up Becoming Their Snack

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The death of a South African man who was hunting without a license at a private game farm last week has evoked little sympathy from mourners of Cecil the lion.

Matome Mahlale, 24, was part of a group of five young men illegally hunting with their dogs on a property that they shouldn’t have entered, according to a police statement obtained by The Washington Post. In the process, they encountered two lions who charged at them.

While three of the men managed to climb a tree and another escaped, Mahlale and two of the dogs were mauled to death.

The Limpopo province police are continuing to investigate the incident. The game farm did not charge the surviving hunters with trespassing, and the lions’ owners do not face any charges from Mahlale’s family.

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