A buffalo killed a suspected fish poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on February 21, 2012. The incident was reported to the Chief of Mavilingwe Village, an area south of Punda Maria Gate, by three other suspected fish poachers, who were with the deceased at the time of the attack.
The four men entered the KNP late afternoon to fish with gill nets when they stumbled across the lone buffalo.
The animal charged and injured one of the men. The other three carried him some distance, but eventually left him under a tree and ran home to seek help.
When they returned with the police and KNP rangers they found their accomplice had died.
"On behalf of SANParks, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one", said the KNP's HOD: Public Relations,William Mabasa.
He went on to send a strong warning to poachers to stay away from the Park as there are dangerous wild animals roaming.
"Many lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals due to people not taking the necessary precautions", concluded Mabasa.