3 lions killed for their paws, heads outside Polokwane

Police say a preliminary investigation suggests that the wild cats were poisoned.

Lion. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG – Three lions have been killed for their paws and heads at a farm outside Polokwane.

Officials say they are concerned about the rising killing of the animals in the province, with a total of 9 lions being found dead in the last few months in Tzaneen, Hoedspruit and Mara areas.

Police say a preliminary investigation suggests that the wild cats were poisoned.

The police's Motlafela Mojapelo said, “Three more lions were found dead with poison and we are investigating unlawful hunting.”