Escaped Kruger Park lions shot and killed

The lions had escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa (file

The lions had escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa (file

The latest breakout follows one by five lions in May, raising alarm bells in South Africa, which contains its big, unsafe wildlife in fenced reserves to prevent conflict with rural communities and livestock.

The lions were killed because of the threat they could pose after tasting the cow meat, the parks explained.

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

Earlier same day, parks authorities said they had dispatched helicopters to aid in their search.

SANParks says three lions escaped and not four as previously reported.

South African National Parks determined the best course of action was to shoot the third lion along with its wounded companion.

South African national parks spokeswoman Janine Raftopoulos said: 'We had to obviously kill the wounded lion because it becomes very risky.

"The terrain was hard and we could not drug them so we were forced to shoot the remaining two lions", he said.

Two months ago, five other lions escaped from the park.

It is now believed only three male lions escaped rather than four. "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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