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Suspected poachers killed by pride of lions on South African game reserve

Posted: 3:03 PM, Jul 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-05 16:03:38-04

Suspected rhino poachers are believed to have been killed by a pride of lions after human remains were found Tuesday at a South African game reserve.

According to CNN, a guide at Sibuya Game Reserve spotted what was believed to be human remains near a pride of lions. Anti-poaching units say that the remains were spread over a large area so it is unclear how many people were killed. 

Investigators allegedly found three pairs of boots and three pairs of gloves along with a high-powered rifle, wire cutters, and an ax.  

"We’re almost 100% sure this is connected to rhino poaching," reserve owner Nick Fox said.

The lions were tranquilized while a search for remains was conducted, according to CNN. Those remains were taken by the Department of Health of South Africa for testing. 

Poachers were believed to have accessed the reserve Sunday night or early Monday morning. The group was apparently on foot when they encountered the pride of lions. 

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