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Worker Tragically Mauled to Death by Lions at Dinokeng Game Reserve

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In a tragic incident at Dinokeng Game Reserve on the night of Monday, August 14, 2023, an employee was fatally attacked and mauled by lions.

The individual met with this unfortunate fate while allegedly attempting to walk the reserve on foot after nightfall.

The incident came to light when the reserve fencing team discovered what appeared to be human remains at approximately 10:37 AM on August 15th.

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Regrettably, pictures of the distressing scene were leaked and circulated on social media, alleging that the victim was a poacher who had been attacked by the lions.

Seeking clarification about the incident, SA Trucker reached out to Dinokeng Game Reserve.

Hartogh Streicher, the spokesperson for the Dinokeng Game Reserve Management Authority, confirmed the loss of life saying the man was an employee of one of the landowners in the game reserve.

Streicher said that the South African Police Service (SAPS) were promptly informed and had swiftly initiated an ongoing investigation.

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He conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and underscored the solemn significance of the incident, emphasizing the delicate balance between human coexistence and the natural inhabitants of our world.

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Streicher further urged all landowners in the game reserve to play an active role in ensuring the safety of fellow landowners and guests, stressing the importance of reporting any breaches of reserve regulations without delay.

Streicher stated, “This tragedy serves as a poignant reminder of the untamed instincts that drive wild animals like lions, especially during their nocturnal hunting behaviors.”

He concluded, “By collectively adhering to these rules, we can collaboratively work to prevent the recurrence of such tragic incidents.”

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With regards to the lions involved, the reserve management is proceeding cautiously.

They are seeking expert advice to determine whether the lions have displayed unusual behavior that poses an increased risk. Decisions regarding the animals will prioritize the well-being of all parties involved.

Streicher added that walking within the DGR at night or any other time is strictly prohibited as per reserve regulations.

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