May 2, 2014
Game of Thrones
- as seen by -Tutilo Mudumba @TEAM LION WCS Uganda
Butcherman, the three-legged lion, is the head of the Delta lion pride in Murchison Falls National Park. Delta is the most studied of all the prides in the park with 12 adults.
The Wildlife Conservation Society lion team first encountered Butcherman in a coalition of two with his friend, Bernie. They were fighting for pride dominance with another pair of males that were current rulers of the Delta pride.
Butcherman and Bernie took control, but at a price.
Pride males regularly patrol their territory and scent mark the bushes. These thicket areas have the highest density of wire snares set by poachers compared to open savannah. This may have caused Butcherman’s entanglement, and the subsequent loss of his leg.