In June 2015 a male lion escaped from the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West and was succesfully recaptured and brought back to the park. Well Sylvester the lion has once again slipped under the fencing and is on the loose 20km south of the park, but this time SANParks has said he won’t be brought back and instead they will put him down once captured. This has resulted in a public outcry and petitions for SANParks to save him or relocate him to another park. According to spokesman Rey Thakhuli, the 3 year old lion has been identified as a problem animal having killed numerous livestock and cost R800 000 to recapture.
“We will not take him back to the park,” Reynold Thakhuli for SANParks told Traveller24. “Unfortunately, this lion has now been identified as a damage-causing animal and will be euthanised”.
“Thus far, we have received reports that he has killed a cow,” Thakhuli says. Last year, when Sylvester went AWOL for more than three weeks, he killed 26 sheep along with other game belonging to private owners.
“We have to protect human lives too,” Thakuli told Traveller24.”
Come on SANParks…save Sylvester and relocate him.
There is a petition to save Sylvester HERE that will be sent to SANParks.
Go sign it.
[pic via SABC]
Following the outcry, SANparks is considering other options instead of putting down Sylvester which they say is a last resort.