“Lion kills 2 persons and 30 animals in Yobe, Nigeria” confirmed to be a hoax.
The LCI received recently information that a lion is presumed to have killed 2 persons and 30 livestock animals in Yobe Nigeria. The article stated that ” the local government assumed the lion has escaped from Yankari Game reserve in Bauchi, Nigeria, which is the closest park to the area where the killings have taken place”. However, after we received more detailed information from Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Lund and local Nigerian researchers, we can confirm that the article and its information is entirely false.
The article claims a lion has killed several persons and a lot of livestock. Our local source confirms no persons were killed and no carcasses of cattle were found. They only saw one carcass of a cow, which was killed more than a month ago. The whole story is probably a rumor which was spread falsely.
It is a dangerous development that reporters do not verify the information before they publish their article. To read the falsified article click here.