7 lions shot after escaping from reserve twice, killing 10 sheep

7 lions shot after escaping from reserve twice, killing 10 sheep

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A pride of seven from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West in the Western Cape was put down on Tuesday after two escapes in a 24-hour period.

In the first incident, in the early hours of Monday morning, three lions from the pride of seven escaped from the park’s northern boundary along the Nuweveld Mountain range onto private property, said Rey Thakhuli, SANParks’ acting head of communications.

They subsequently killed 10 on the neighbouring farm.

“Rangers were immediately despatched and succeeded in chasing the animals back to the park.

They then slept on the mountain in case the lions returned to the carcasses, which they did during the night,” Thakhuli said.

He said SANParks’ predator management policy made provision for the control of damage-causing animals.

“In an attempt to deter human-predator conflict and conservation, a management decision was taken to react quickly and put down the entire pride.

“Because of the very difficult mountainous terrain, rangers could not get close to the animals on foot. A helicopter was subsequently brought in to assist in putting down the two sub-adult males, three sub-adult females and two adult females.”

Damage-causing animals

Thakhuli said the pride was considered a “damage-causing group of animals” who was concentrated in the high mountainous areas next to the northern boundary of the park, causing a serious risk to human life and livestock.

Park management was in constant contact with the property owner, who was kept up to date with proceedings, he added.

This article was first published by News24.com on 30 September 2020. Lead image: iStock.

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Linda Badham
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Janet Kenedy

Very Sad 🙁 . Especially when taking the lives of those that did nothing wrong! It’s high time that farmers and ranchers take responsibility for Secure Fencing on their own property!

Sherrie PainterArts

A hunting reserve??? Horrible news.

Jeanelle Todd Coutelle

So sad

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

No excuse for killing them


Bad news for sure. Without further details, it would appear there’s a problem with human encroachment, lax park management, inferior park security/containment, shoddy fencing or all of the above. Sheep and livestock in close proximity to lions is a prescription for a terrible outcome.