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‘Escaped Kruger Park lions probably driven out by population pressure’

SANParks says the batch of felines on the run are believed to be in a mountainous area south of the park in Mpumalanga.

Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - SANParks says the four lions that escaped from Kruger National Park were probably driven out by population pressures.

The current batch of felines on the run are believed to be in a mountainous area south of the park in Mpumalanga, making capture efforts difficult but also providing relief as the cats are not an immediate threat to humans or livestock.

SANParks’ Markus Hofmeyer said, “At this stage, there have been no reports on loss of livestock and no threats humans.”

The breakout follows one by five lions in May, raising alarm bells.