Shooting of Kruger lions was the right call - expert

Three of the four lions that escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend were shot dead on Thursday.

Lion. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

The Mpumlanga Tourism and Parks agency says that shooting the four lions who escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend, was the right decision.

It's understood two of the lions were shot by a farmer on Wednesday night; one died while the other was wounded.

Conservationist, Tim Neary says this was the right call.

He explains why there was no other alternative.

Once lions start to get it in their heads that they can escape a fence, particularly a fence as complicated as Kruger Park, they become habitual escapees.

Tim Neary, conservationist

We have pretty strong rules around disease management in South Africa, lions in Kruger Park have FIV, they invariably also have tuberculosis so we cannot uplift those lions and export them to another part of the country, certainly not allowable in terms of biodiversity in this country.

Tim Neary, conservationist

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