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Lion butchering spree emerges as killers chop off vital organs from Kings of the Jungle

Hunters become hunted … In a horrid way.

Search teams from the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority have been dispatched to villages surrounding the Mswakini Wildlife Corridor, looking for the notorious gang of people believed to be going round hunting and killing lions in the precinct.

Lion killers have also been chopping off various body parts from the ferocious animals.

It is still not known where they have been taking these parts being carved from the lions’ anatomies.

The Zonal Commander for Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority, Peter Mbanjoko confirmed that the new wave of poaching involves lion killings and extracting vital organs from the cats.

It thus means that the culprits could be on some dark, weird missions against the beasts.

Carcasses of lions been cropping up around the Babati Rural landscape. The latest incident involved the discovery of three freshly butchered, large lions in the area.

Who is killing lions in Babati? And why chop off their organs?

The Mswakini wildlife corridor lies within an area striding the Arusha and Manyara Regional borderline.

“We learned that during the recent incident in which three lions got butchered, the killers were seriously wounded in the process, it will thus be easy to track them, as they cannot hide for long,” said the TAWA Zonal Commander, Mbanjoko.

There have also been reports that some lions were being killed in retaliation by some livestock grazers.

It was insinuated that they killed the lions after the cats attacked, killed and feasted on their cattle.

Still, from recent cases where killers have been cutting off organs from the Kings of the jungle, the claims regarding retaliations from angry pastoralists have been dismissed.

The District Commissioner for Babati, Lazaro Twange, pointed out that wildlife killings could also be the result of the rather thin borderline between villages and wildlife corridors.

The area features two wildlife passages, the Kwakuchinja and Mswakini corridors, networking the wilderness of Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem.

Twange explained that his office was trying to conduct awareness raising campaigns among residents for them to seen the importance of keeping the wildlife passages clear.

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