SANParks denies removing lions for private hunt

2014-01-29 08:20

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Johannesburg - SANParks has denied removing two troublesome lions from the Kruger National Park (KNP) to be hunted in a private area.

"There is no link between KNP and those that are involved with this hunting activity," KNP managing executive Abe Sibiya said in a statement on Tuesday in response to a claim on a website.

Sibiya said that the KNP did not remove problematic lions so they could be hunted elsewhere.

He said that in recent months, a letter had been circulated with the forged signatures of some of KNP management personnel, ostensibly authorising a hunt within the Makuya Game Reserve, in Limpopo.

"Certain individuals have fraudulently attached Kruger National Parks name and those of key employees in unscrupulous hunting business ventures, all in an effort to attract unsuspecting clients," he said.

SA National Parks (SANParks) environmental crime investigators were investigating the fraudulent advert and letter.

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