Hlabangani Mtshali
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31 Jul 2015
3:20 pm

Frantic search for snared Kruger Park lioness

Hlabangani Mtshali

In the midst of the furore around the killing of Cecil the lion by an American tourist, rangers and veterinarians at the Kruger National Park have launched a frantic search for a lioness that was spotted at the game reserve with a loose snare around its neck.

The lioness was first spotted in the Punda Maria area by an American tourist, identified as Judy Spangler Jones, during the week. Elize Olivier from Latest Sightings, told The Citizen that Spangler saw the animal then reported the incident to rangers at the park.

“Some of the park’s vets began looking for her but they still haven’t found her. It is really difficult because this is a very quiet area,” Olivier said.

Although it is unclear how the lioness got the snare around its neck, Olivier said the area was riddled with snares and subsistence poachers.

Meanwhile, South African Nation Parks (SanParks) confirmed that they had been made aware of the injured lions and have been trying to locate it.

SanParks spokesperson Gabrielle Venter said it was unclear when the lioness was first spotted.

She said the Veterinary head at the park pointed out the lioness was not in too much danger because the snare is sitting very loosely around her neck.

Venter added using helicopters was the best way to track the lions but most had been deployed in efforts against rhino poaching.

– Caxton News Service