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#MissingLion cornered, evades rangers

The lion went missing from the Karoo National Park last Friday after escaping through a hole in a fence.

FILE. A lion went missing from the Karoo National Park last Friday. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - South African National Parks rangers and trackers have cornered a lion that escaped from a game park in the Beaufort West area.

But it's still managing to evade them.

They spotted the three-year-old lion for the first time on Friday, a week after it escaped through a hole in the fence at the Karoo National Park.

SANParks' Fayrouch Ludick said the animal is at large.

"The team gave word that they had managed to track the lion down when they went out this morning. It was in a rather tree-filled area and it was not staying out long enough to give them a visual for long enough to be able to tranquilise it and bring it back to the park."

It's taken a helicopter, five vehicles and 20 people to track down the animal.

Last week, farmworkers in Beaufort West were asked to stay home because the lion was still on the run.

Sheep farmers in the area joined the search for the lion but advised employees to stay home.