A team of rangers, trackers and volunteers are still searching for a lion which…

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A team of rangers, trackers and volunteers are still searching for a lion which…

A team of rangers, trackers and volunteers are still searching for a lion which escaped from the Karoo National park near Beaufort West last week. The animal is thought to have dug his way out from under a fence following the recent heavy rains in the area. This is the second lion to have escaped from the park in recent years. In 2016, Sylvester the lion made headlines after escaping from the park – twice. So far, the trackers have discovered a fresh kill on one of the farms in the area. Karoo National Park Manager, Nico van der Walt, says they believe they’re getting closer to capturing him following the discovery of the Eland carcass. “Normally when there is a kill, lions tend to eat quite a lot and they also lie down after that. so we gained on the lion because he was quiet for a while. so the rangers and the trackers are on the spoor at the moment and they fresh on the spoor.” Lions were introduced to the park in 2010 – growing from a pride of a mere 8 to 22. Residents of Beaufort West are fearful, especially due to the number of escapes.” I feel very unsafe. I don’t even want to walk anywhere. They must also make the park more secure. You don’t know where he is.” However, park authorities say the lion is nowhere close to the town. Van der Walt says it’s being being tracked in rough, mountainous terrain.”We ask of the public and the people of Beaufort West just to be aware of that and to take caution, specifically on the farms where there are workers in the veld.” Park officials are positive that they will track down the feline shortly.








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