Trophy hunter who targeted elephants and lions gets eaten by crocodiles

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All animal lovers are opposed to trophy hunting. It can be hard to believe that there are people who enjoy killing at-risk animals like lions and rhinos.

This “sport” has pushed many species to the brink of extinction, but despite controversy and pushback from conservation groups this kind of hunting remains legal in many places.

But sometimes the animal kingdom has its own sense of justice… and one hunter came to a demise that could be described as “karma.”

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Scott Van Zyl was a prolific trophy hunter from South Africa. In addition to being a hunter himself, Van Zyl operated a “safari” company where he would take clients on big game hunts as well.

His targets included lions, cheetahs, giraffes and elephants.

In 2017, Van Zyl headed out on one of his hunting trip in Zimbabwe… only this time, he didn’t return.

According to the BBC, the hunter headed out with a pack of dogs and a local tracker. He went off on his own in search of crocodiles, and was believed to be missing when his tracker dogs returned without him.

They found his footprints and bag near the river bank. Local authorities investigated the crocodiles… and found human remains that a DNA test confirmed belonged to Van Zyl.

After the story broke, many people wrote that he had it coming: that it was karma for killing so many animals.

One Green Planet, while not celebrating the hunter’s death, said the case is just more proof of why we shouldn’t allow trophy hunting: it puts the hunters’ lives at needless risk.

“Let’s be honest, Zyl shouldn’t have been hunting in the first place,” they wrote. “We have to ask ourselves if the ‘thrill of the hunt’ is really worth risking your own life – while deliberately taking others.”

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  1. Real journalist report news. The opinions stated as facts and obvious attempts to tell readers what to think is the work of a dishonest armature.

  2. This is one of the most irresponsible positions I’ve ever heard. Any person who actually looks into the facts knows hunting in a responsible way benefits any species. Clearly, you’ve never seen an animal taken down, killed,and eaten by predators. Nor does it occur to you to consider over-population.

    Grow up.

    • You’re absolutely correct.

      People don’t realize the significance and benefits of trophy hunting.
      •It’s a conservation tool
      •The income it brings to the locality is significant. $50,000 is not unheard of per hunt.
      •The meat goes to feed the local community. You cannot bring the meat home.
      •It is illegal to hunt endangered species. That is poaching.
      •Lions and other big cats claim the lives of local people constantly. They cheer when these cats are culled from the area.
      •Cape Buffalo is also known as “Black Death” for a reason.
      •Elephants and Giraffes strip the land of edible food and starve.

      The list of benefits goes on. Think logically and not just with your heart.

  3. Tasmanian Tiger
    Passenger Pigeon
    Great Auk
    Quagga
    Falkland Islands Wolf
    Zanzibar Leopard
    Caribbean Monk Seal
    Carolina Parakeet
    Atlas Bear
    Toolache Wallaby
    Sea Mink
    Bubal Hartebeest
    Steller’s Sea Cow

    How did hunting help these animals? They are all extinct due to humans hunting them. How does killing wolves, including pups in their dens benefit wolves? How does killing elephants and rhinos for a piece of their bodies to sell to China benefit them? Face it, Phil, Trophy hunters simply love to kill. They do not give a damn what they are doing to wildlife. Yours, sir, is the most irresponsible position I have ever heard.

    • People don’t realize the significance and benefits of trophy hunting.
      •It’s a conservation tool
      •The income it brings to the locality is significant. $50,000 is not unheard of per hunt.
      •The meat goes to feed the local community. You cannot bring the meat home.
      •It is illegal to hunt endangered species. That is poaching.
      •Lions and other big cats claim the lives of local people constantly. They cheer when these cats are culled from the area.
      •Cape Buffalo is also known as “Black Death” for a reason.
      •Elephants and Giraffes strip the land of edible food and starve.

      The list of benefits goes on. Think logically and not just with your heart.

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