Kruger lion baited and shot by trophy hunter in neighbouring reserve.
It is believed that an American tourist paid R1 million to hunt the Kruger lion which was popular among tourists.
The male lion was shot in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve which is found on the border of the Kruger National Park.
There has been unconfirmed reports suggesting the lion was the dominant male from the Western Pride called Skye.
A couple of years ago Cecil the lion was lured out to be shot from a national park in Zimbabwe. It is possible that the same thing happened here using meat as bait.
The EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading sent a Cease and Desist warning to the Associated Private Nature Reserve (APNR) chairman Rob Garmany, to the CEO of Kruger National park, Glen Philips and as well as to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks agency, threatening legal action if the hunt took place, it is evident that they will be proceeding with legal proceeders now.
According to reports the quota of animals to be hunted for 2018 in the area of the Timbavati which Umbabat is situated in, are as follows: 52 elephants, including a bull older than 50 years old, 36 buffalos, 44 kudu, 19 warthogs, seven hippo, a lion, a leopard, eight hyena, five giraffe and 4,171 impala.
According to the Daily Maverick the Board of Directors of Ingwelala, a share block within Umbabat that does not allow any hunting on its four properties, tried to ensure at a meeting with the Umbabat warden that the dominant male lion of the Western Pride would not be hunted.
The same reserve had been previously in the news for controversial hunting practices when a well known male was shot then as well.
When Obama was in presidency he had banned the importing of elephant and lion trophies, but since Donald Trump has been in power he reversed the policy and you are now allowed to bring back legally hunted animals to the US.
Hunting, especially canned hunting is a hot topic that people have different views on, many believe that it brings economic benefits which help with conservation fees, while others believe that it’s cruel because unlike natural predation hunters kill for pleasure.