Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

KNP lion killer won't be prosecuted

Rangers shoot dead four lions who escaped South African national park The lions broke out of Kruger National Park on Sunday and authorities had spent the week hunting for them
Laurie Berry | 14 July, 2017, 17:17

Population pressures may be pushing the cats out of the park, which is the size of Israel, as their numbers swelled during a severe drought in 2015/16, which provided predators with a bonanza in dead and dying prey species.

Earlier same day, parks authorities said they had dispatched helicopters to aid in their search.

The national parks service said Friday that a farmer near Kruger National Park killed one lion and wounded another after a cow carcass was found on his farm.

SANParks officials then made a decision to put down both the wounded lion and the other unharmed lion.

He shot and killed one, and injured another.

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It was not known how the lions escaped from the park, most of which is fenced.

"Last night the lions killed cattle on a farm and the farmer killed one of the three lions", Mabasa says.

This fact was disputed by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) spokesperson Kholofelo Nkambule, who reiterated that four lions had escaped.

The three lions escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

Initial reports indicated that four lions had escaped on Sunday, but parks officials have since said that evidence suggests only three escaped. "So there won't be any legal action against the farmer", she said.

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