Hyenas still on the loose in KZN

2012-04-12 11:25

Durban - Two hyenas on the loose near Ulundi have still not been found, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said on Thursday.

"We set traps for them last night [Wednesday] but they did not come," said spokesperson Musa Mntambo.

"The traps have been left there with bait."

The animals are believed to be roaming the area between the Ophapha Game Reserve and the Intibane lodge.


Rangers realised they were on the loose after a couple reported seeing a lion.

They went to view the tracks and found they were not those of a lion, but of a hyena.

"Lion and hyena tracks are almost the same, it's just that the lion's are a bit bigger," Mntambo said at the time.

He said the hyenas were sighted at 02:00 on Wednesday when a trap was set for the 'lion'.

"They [the two hyenas] attempted to eat the bait [but] unfortunately disappeared through the bushes when they realised that they were being lured."

The hyenas had not been seen since.

"But the community does not have to worry, hyenas won't attack people because they are shy and cowardly animals," said Mntambo.

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  • Alan - 2012-04-12 11:46

    Er to trap a Hyena, try a Govt. Tender.

      Frank - 2012-04-12 12:53

      News just in....they were trapped in a marked police vehicle in Durban with two prostitutes hanging on their groins!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-12 11:48

    So what's the real story here? Last night etv reported that it was hyenas and a lion. The rangers showed both the tracks of the animals. i.e, a lions and two hyenas are on the loose. So why is News24 saying that there's no lion on the loose?

      David - 2012-04-12 11:53

      "a couple reported that they saw a lion". So either they were high on Durban poison or they, plus the rangers do not know the difference between a lion and a hyena! Wonder which is true?

      Vernon - 2012-04-12 11:54

      someone is lie-n here

      Alan - 2012-04-12 12:06

      or HighINA tree...

  • rozkloka - 2012-04-12 12:17

    So first a lion was spotted in Ulundi, now authorities say it's hyenas... If they say a meerkat and warthog next I'm calling Disney...

      JJ - 2012-04-12 12:28

      HAHAHA!! Classic... Made my day!!

  • Shaheen - 2012-04-12 12:21

    have they looked at local ANC branch?

      Alf - 2012-04-15 19:29

      Some of the hyenas made it into government and are trying to bulldoze through their e-tolling! Check with bra Sbu, honest Mac and uncle Jacob.

  • - 2012-04-12 12:36

    On the bright side they wont be attackin nemre seeing that they are the cowardly type,nvtless they should stil b found asap

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-12 12:53

    Tomorrow a dinosaur will be on the loose.

  • Travis - 2012-04-12 13:04

    Awesome, gonna find them and put them in my garden.

  • Virginia - 2012-04-12 13:52

    Cowardly?? I think not, only humans reserve that right!

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