Bhanu the lion is seen during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London

CAPE TOWN - North West police were investigating a case of illegal hunting after eight lions were killed at one of the lodges in the vicinity of Swartruggens.

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the case was opened at the Koster police station on Friday.

"It is alleged that the lions were found dead in the morning. According to information received, snouts and paws were cut-off from the lions and taken. No one has been arrested and investigation into the matter continues," said Mokgwabone.

Bhanu the lion is seen during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London
African News Agency