Lions are the main cause of death for hyenas in the Ngorongoro Crater. Male lions are twice the size of a spotted hyena and three to four times as heavy, and one single paw stroke can kill an adult hyena. Lions may stalk hyenas at their resting places and try to surprise hyenas approaching kills.
Here are two reasons as to why lions kill hyenas but do not eat them
1.Lions actually kill hyenas just to reduce their population, and not for food
Hyenas pose a serious threat to Lions that's why they kill them in order to reduce their population. They are known to actively hunt the female lions and Cubs.
Hyenas are professionals when it comes to hunting smaller animals
2.Hyenas are not delicious to lions
It is, in fact, interesting to note that lions only kill hyenas and do not generally eat them. This is because lions only like to feast on herbivores. Hyena meat is not nutritional enough for lions. Hyenas even eat dead animals, and hence, hyena flesh is unlikely to satisfy a lion's appetite.
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