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Lion escape: Farmworkers urged to stay indoors

Farmworkers in Beaufort West have been asked to stay home as a lion is still on the run.

FILE: A lion has escaped from the Karoo National Park. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Farmworkers in Beaufort West have been asked to stay home as a lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park is still on the run.

Sheep farmers in the area have joined the search for the three-year-old lion but have advised their employees not to come to work.

It's believed the animal escaped from the enclosure through a hole in a fence last week.

AgriSA's Dean Gouws is optimistic search teams will locate the lion soon.

"They are on track of the lion and it's moving in the direction of the park and we are also aware where the lion is at the moment. They are on its spoor."

A master tracker has also joined the search for the animal.