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Kruger lions shot dead

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.

lions, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger lions, not the lions that were shot ©Simon Espley

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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