Poaching link suspected as lions speared to death by poacher
By David Chippewa
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Newly discovered lion skulls could have helped to identify the country’s largest protected animal as one of the country’s last natural predators, according to a team investigating possible poaching links that may have caused the killings.
The bones were discovered in a hunting trophy area where a manhunt was launched last week, officials said on Tuesday, giving a rare glimpse of the nature of the killing. They confirmed their finding to Reuters but have not identified the lion for safety reasons, 예스카지노saying they needed to perform additional DNA analysis before they could conclude its species.
There is little reason to doubt whether the lions’ ivory was in the skull, according to a team led by wildlife geneticist Greg Tuff, whose lab, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered a 1.4-metre-long tooth in 2011. Tuff’s team had a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find the teeth and its report is due next month, according to a state agency spokesman.
Tuff, of Northeastern Ohio University, sa더킹카지노id the lion-toxicology analysis identified the bones as that of a black and white lion of the genus Cervus, which he described as a highly-threatened species in a 2014 study.
The lion was born in 2010, Tuff said, and had killed only two young cubs before killing one of the adult males at a hunting site. They were found with “tremendous trauma and bleeding to the skull,” according to바카라사이트 the report, published online June 4.
The bones were not from the same young lion, which may have been from a mother leopard or possibly a mother lion.
The skull is the second known source of evidence to link lion hunting to illegal ivory trade, a source of concern to some conservationists who say lion bones are becoming a magnet for poaching and trafficking to developing nations.
The lion bones, found in one of the most hunted corridors for rhino, leopard, cougar and buffalo rhino in Africa, were collected in March in Kruger National Park in South Africa’s Kruger province, according to a South Africa government spokesman.
The skull, the largest known ivory skull found in the country, was found in an area that is likely to have been targeted by poachers to take advantage of what conservation groups said was an unusually low poaching rate in a protected plac