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No legal action for farmer who shot escaped Kruger Park lions

The farmer fatally shot one of the lions and wounded another after they had killed his cattle on Wednesday night.

Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Legal action will not be taken against the Mpumalanga farmer who shot and killed a lion that escaped from the Kruger National Park.

The lion was one of three that escaped from the park over the weekend.

The farmer fatally shot one of the lions and wounded another after they had killed his cattle on Wednesday night.

South African National Parks (SANparks) dispatched a helicopter to the area and decided to euthanise the third lion along with its wounded companion.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency's Kholofelo Nkambule says: “The farmer is basically protected, I mean if you look at the law in terms of damage-causing animals. So he acted within his right to protect himself and his asset which is the cattle in this instance.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)