In this land, similar to late medieval Europe/North Africa, there are a species of very large lions, a little larger than the prehistoric American Lion, with an average weight of 500 to 600 kg, that stalks the grasslands.
These lions however are unlike other lions in the fact that they’re lone hunters, crawling far from their prides, similarly to tigers, and that they’re brave, very brave: unlike all other animals, they actively hunt other apex predators. They’ve no fear of injuring themselves, and their reckless attitude is an affront to nature itself, but alas, the stronger the prey, the more they revel in the hunt. This has made them a symbol of bravery, valour, pride and, when used pejoratively, stupidity, though they are quite smart (for a lion).
The problem is that, as they love strong prey, they’re constantly killing humans, which are feared (with good reason) by other animals. They fear no sword, spear or roar, they jump on men who attempt to intimidate them and adore to fight alone against multiple enemies, a type of combat they’re extremely experienced in.
Even while walking with large groups, humans still fall victim to these lions attacks. In return then, they’ve started using longbows, with a poundage of 165 to 190 lbs, against these lions, firing multiple shots on the lion’s head rapidly, and sometimes employing spears to ward of resilient lions who more than ever before wish to slaughter their prey.
Would this technique work against this ruthless species of lion? Or would a more powerful bow be needed?
Please refrain from using other weapons unless bows, and crossbows, are simply virtually impossible to be used effectively against these beasts.