UPDATE: No arrest after lions were mutilated outside Tzaneen

Lions at Eco Park Lodge. Photos: SAPS.

Police in Tzaneen have launched a manhunt for the suspects involved in the unlawful hunting of specially protected animals.

Photos: SAPS.

Photos: SAPS.

The suspects allegedly cut the fence and entered the lion pen at Letaba River Lodge outside Tzaneen.

Photos: SAPS.

Photos: SAPS.

“Three brown male lions valued at over R 900 000.00 were found yesterday morning, mutilated with heads and limbs severed,” said the provincial police spokesperson, Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

Listen to the police report: Big manhunt for lodge’s lion killers

Photos: SAPS.

Photos: SAPS.

No arrests have yet been made and police investigations continue.

Photos: SAPS.

Photos: SAPS.

Anyone with information may contact the nearest Police Station or the crime stop number 086 001 0111 or Colonel Jabulani Ngobeni at 082 451 7169.


Also read:

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