Helicopter deployed to search for escaped Karoo lion

Image: iStock

Image: iStock

The team currently tracking the lion are optimistic that the lion will be returned to the Karoo National Park soon.

A helicopter has been deployed in the search for a lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West last week, as the search by rangers continued into its sixth day on Thursday with no success.

According to Park Manager Nico van der Walt, the trackers started with the spoor where they left off the previous night. “As they were tracking in a very deep gorge, they discovered what looked like a spot where the lion had rested”.

He said the spoor was tracked to a point where it disappeared into extremely rough terrain inaccessible even by a 4×4 vehicle. “As a result, a helicopter has been brought in to assist in the search but by late afternoon they had had no success in spotting the animal.”

Van der Walt said it remains a huge concern for SANParks that the animal was still roaming out of the park six days after its escape, “but the tracking team remains resolute that the lion will be successfully returned back to the park.”

On Wednesday, Van der Walt reported that rangers were relieved after they found the carcass of female eland at a farm adjacent to the park on Tuesday, as this increased chances of locating the lion.

He urged the residents of Beaufort West and surrounding areas to be extra careful and not to approach the lion: “In fact, any sighting of the lion should be reported to the police or the public can call Nico van der Walt on telephone 023 415 2828 or Cell: 082 801 2109.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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