Rangers step up search for escaped lion

2015-06-11 17:06
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Cape Town - Flying in a helicopter and armed with tranquillizer guns, South African game rangers are intensifying the search for a young lion that escaped from a wildlife park last week, officials said on Thursday.

The three-year old lion, believed to have escaped on June 5 through a hole under the perimeter fence at Karoo National Park, was discovered missing after farmers reported tracks on their private property.

"We are still looking, but with a master tracker on board since yesterday [Wednesday] we believe we are getting closer," said Karoo Park spokesperson Fayroush Ludick.

When it is found, Ludick said the lion would likely be shot with a tranquillizer dart and transported back to the wildlife park it escaped from. Rangers earlier failed to lure the animal with an antelope carcass.

Situated about between Cape Town and Johannesburg, Karoo National Park is a hilly region of grassy scrubland and winding dry river valleys, making tracking challenging.

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