Elusive lion caught napping

2015-06-29 22:56


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Cape Town - The escape artist 3-year-old lion, which has been giving trackers the run-around for 24 days, is back at the Karoo National Park after being darted from a helicopter in the Nuweveld mountain range on Monday.

Netwerk24 reported that Sylvester had been caught, literally, napping as he was lazing on a rock, soaking up the sun.

Leon Müller, assistant director of the Northern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Conservation, announced on social media that the big cat had been caught and was back in the park.

He’d been fitted with a tracking collar before being taken to the park’s boma.

He’ll be staying there for the next few days, before a decision is made if he’ll be set loose in the park again.

During the 24 days Sylvester was walk-about, he helped himself to 19 sheep, a donkey and a kudu. There is a plus though, says Dian Gouws. With a lion on the prowl, stock thieves were too scared to venture out.

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