Communities at risk as five escaped lions remain at large

Five lions are still on the loose following their escape from the park on Monday morning. The lions are roaming free within the Mpumalanga region and were  spotted on the N4 highway, close to the border with Swaziland, on Monday evening.

Drivers, pedestrians and community members have been warned to be vigilant, with Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirming that rangers were searching for the animals.

“I have just spoken to our members who are on the scene and they confirmed that the lions are still on the loose,”  Hlathi said speaking to Jacaranda FM earlier this morning, adding that people should not “answer a call of nature when you are in that area because it is dangerous.”

It’s still unclear how the lions escaped the park, which is home to an estimated 2 000 lions.

Louw Steyn of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency told Lowvelder this morning that a cow’s carcass was found at a farm in the Komatipoort area in Mpumalanga. According to Lowvelder, a helicopter would possibly be sent to Komatipoort near the Mpumalanga off-ramp where the lions were last spotted.

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