The teams searching for the lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West in the Western Cape were relieved after they were alerted to possible lion spoor on a farm to the north of the park, on Thursday afternoon.
Park manager Nico van der Walt said the teams immediately went to the property and confirmed that it was in fact evidence of the lion’s presence. The lion escaped from the park two weeks ago.
Van der Walt added that the spoor was found about 60 kilometres from the park’s boundary to the north.
“The search teams remained in the area until well after dark, combing the expanse of the property. They have returned to the area this morning to continue the search. A veterinarian is accompanying the group in the event that they spot the animal and the chance of darting it is possible,” he said.
– African News Agency