Escaped Kruger lions have been killed: Sanparks

Rangers shoot dead four lions who escaped South African national park

A trio of lions which escaped from South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park have been shot dead after killing a cow, park officials said on Thursday.

A Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) spokesperson, Kholofelo Nkambule, confirmed all four of the lions had been killed on Friday.

It was not known how the lions escaped from the park, most of which is fenced.

He shot and killed one, and injured another.

South African national parks spokeswoman Janine Raftopoulos said: 'We had to obviously kill the wounded lion because it becomes very unsafe. The same individual is also believed to have wounded another lion.

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South African National Parks says the unharmed lion was killed because tasting cattle meat would change its behaviour.

SANParks officials then made a decision to put down both the wounded lion and the other unharmed lion.

"They found the remaining two lions in that area closer to the carcass".

TimesLIVE, a news website, quotes parks spokeswoman Janine Raftopoulos as saying three lions had escaped Sunday, not four as previously thought. "It attests to the adaptive responses and interaction of the ‡Khomani San, past, and present, to survive in a desert environment", said Mketeni.

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