Lioness shot and killed in South Africa after escape
February 25, 2023 09:48 AM
A lioness which escaped while being transported in South Africa's North West province was shot dead on Friday after it was spotted near a residential area, an official said.
A ground-and-air search was launched on Wednesday after the animal escaped while being transported between game reserves in a crate on the back of a pickup truck.
The lioness was shot on Friday morning near the small town of Piet Plessis, Jerry Matebesi, spokesman for the provincial department of economic development, tourism and conservation, told AFP.
"A local farmer took the decision to shoot the lion after seeing it roaming near a residential area," Matebesi said.
"He felt it was posing risk and danger to the community."
Matebesi said that the authorities had been inundated with worried calls from inhabitants after the lioness escaped.
According to Matebesi, the animal's owner is a lion breeder.