Search area for escaped Karoo Lion expanded

Karoo Lion

Specialised trackers and rangers from Karoo National Park, outside Beaufort West, have expanded their search area in the hope of tracking down the lion which escaped from the Park on Friday, 15 February 2019.

Park Manager, Nico van der Walt, says Wednesday’s ten-man team have split into three smaller teams in an attempt to cover a larger area of farmland.

“The police’s stock theft unit from Beaufort West assisted in the search yesterday, but no fresh spoor were found,” described SANParks’ Fayroush Ludick.

“The teams searched on top of the mountains in an area called the Kleinboere, towards the north-east of the Park.”

He said that the section of the Kleinboere area that the teams could not cover on Tuesday will be searched on Wednesday, and also north of that.

Van der Walt added this is between 15 and 20 kilometres from the Park’s boundary.

“Farmers and farm workers in and around the area are requested to report sightings or evidence of lion spoor to the police or the Park on 023 415 2828 or van der Walt directly on 082 801 2109.”

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