Four lions who escaped South African national park shot dead

Rangers shoot dead four lions who escaped South African national park

The lions broke out of Kruger National Park on Sunday, and authorities had spent the week hunting for them (Stock photo)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Four lions who escaped a national park in South Africa have been shot dead. 

Sunday evening saw the predators make their escape from Kruger National Park, which lies close to the border of Mozambique. 

A search for the lions has been underway since the weekend, with the four being spotted in the Crocodile River Gorge area earlier in the week. 

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

One of the lions had been thought to have been killed by a farmer after it attacked his cattle. The same individual is also believed to have wounded another lion. 

Another spokesman, William Mabasa, said the authorities had no choice but to kill the other two after being unable to sedate them with drugs on "difficult terrain."