The three male lions that escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa have now been shot dead.
Yesterday, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and SANParks officials received a report that one lion had been shot and another wounded after a farmer discovered them eating his cattle.
SANParks dispatched a helicopter to the area and decided to put down the wounded lion, along with the third one. The team were operating in difficult and extremely challenging terrain which made darting a tough option.
Yesterday, Mr Abe Sibiya, Head of Biodiversity at MTPA, was quoted in saying,”We have a dedicated and experienced team on site that has been working tirelessly to locate and capture these lions. Unfortunately after all efforts were made and the risk of having a wounded lion roaming around, a decision had to be taken to destroy them”.
Originally it was thought that four lions had escaped Kruger, but park officials now say that evidence suggests only three.
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