Lion escapes from Karoo National Park

The hunt is still on for a fully grown male lion who escaped from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West last Friday.

Stock image. Photo: Zane Hobson

Stock image. Photo: Zane Hobson

SA National Parks says its believed that the three-year-old had been forced out of the park by older males.

Its suspected that the lion escaped through a hole under a fencing line which was damage caused by heavy rains.

Neighbouring farmers have been asked to be on the lookout.

SANPARKS regional communications manager, Fayroush Ludick, says tracker teams, including tracking dogs and their handlers, have been sent from Addo Elephant and Mountain Zebra National Parks to assist in the search.

“The spoor has been found by the trackers, but it’s just a matter of keeping up with it through the mountains and ravines.

Members of the public who may see the lion or any signs of it are requested not to confront it and to contact the Park’s Hospitality Manager, Brian van der Westhuizen, on 023 415 2828, who is in contact with the search parties.” says Ludick.

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