Monday, 5 August 2013

British hunter killed by buffalo he was trying to shoot

Owain Lewis, 67, had been tracking the animal for three days to finish it off after it was shot and injured by a visiting American hunter he was escorting.

Paul Smith, the owner of Chifuti Safaris in the lower Zambezi Valley, said Mr Lewis was "very tough and experienced" but had been caught unawares when the buffalo charged from the undergrowth and tossed him in the air.

"It turned on him and attacked him and unfortunately the apprentice hunter with him could not shoot the animal as Owen's body was in the way," he said.

"It was a very tough fight. Owain's neck was broken but the apprentice did manage to kill the buffalo.

"We are very shocked. This is the first time we have had an incident like this.

"We have had so many messages of support from people who hunted with Owen. It is a tragedy."

One of the people who hunted with Mr Lewis, Alan Bunn, posted on a message board that he was "a man who had probably forgotten more about Africa and hunting than any of the younger professional hunters will ever learn".

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