TRAGIC: Professional Hunter Eaten By Crocs In Zimbabwe

Before the animal-rights crowd pops any corks over this news… keep reading.

Never assume you are ‘safe’ in the wilderness. Man is not the only ‘apex predator’ out there… besides all the OTHER hazards that could lead to injury or death.

Even the ‘experts’ don’t always make it back to safety.

You will remember the much-loved Steve Erwin fell pray to a Stingray a few years back.

And now — although it’s too soon to be certain — but it’s looking more and more like South African hunter, Scott van Zyl fell prey to Crocs on his latest expedition.

It is believed Mr van Zyl and his tracker left their truck and walked in different directions into the bush. The dogs later returned to the camp without Mr van Zyl, whose belongings were found inside the vehicle.

Rescue teams were sent to search for the hunter and helicopters, trackers and divers all scoured the region.

His tracks were later spotted leading to the banks of the river and his backpack was located nearby.

Sakkie Louwrens, a member of one of the search teams, said police suspected two Nile crocodiles may have eaten Mr Van Zyl.

“We found what could possibly be human remains in them,” he told The Telegraph. Forensic experts are currently testing whether the remains belong to Mr van Zyl.

The SS Pro Safaris website, owned by Mr van Zyl, states the company “has conducted numerous safaris” throughout Southern Africa. These include “elephants in Botswana to the smallest blue duiker in KwaZulu Natal”. —Independent

And before animal activists start doing a happy dance and invoking words like Karma… two things.

First — this is a human life we are talking about. A man with a name. And a family. Show some respect.

Second — here’s a National Geographic article that will put hunting in a perspective that you probably haven’t considered. Hunters are a part of the SOLUTION, not part of the problem.

Trophy hunting can play an essential role in the conservation of African wildlife, according to a growing number of biologists.

Now some experts are calling for a program to regulate Africa’s sport-hunting industry to ensure its conservation benefits.

According to a recent study, in the 23 African countries that allow sport hunting, 18,500 tourists pay over $200 million (U.S.) a year to hunt lions, leopards, elephants, warthogs, water buffalo, impala, and rhinos.

Keep that in mind as you consider his tragic disappearance and possible untimely death.

Share this as a reminder that even the best of us need to be careful in the wilds.

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