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, Schumi786 ?
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Re: Lion shot at Lower Sabie
Thanks for the enquiry below regarding the recent lion shooting at Lower Sabie. Hopefully the following will shed some light on the decision making process that was followed.
Six lions killed a waterbuck along the Lower Sabie camp fence yesterday (28 March 2010) earlier in the morning. As soon as the camp gate opened, tourists started moving around, causing traffic jam around the area, trying to get the best sighting of the kill. Somehow, lions became uncomfortable and started moving away from the carcass and moved towards the camp gate. As they were about to cross the road, some of the tourist vehicles got closer and two of the lions ran inside the camp and the others went away. One of the lions went into the picnic site and the other into a thick bush next to the staff residence.
The Section Ranger, Derick Mashale and his team of field rangers decided that urgent action needs to be taken to prevent a possible attack on or injury to guests and staff. A team from Veterinary Services from Skukuza also rushed to Lower Sabie and joined the ranger team in order to assist them to remove the lions from the camp. One of the lions that had moved away was now at the entrance camp gate possibly trying to locate the two lions that were inside the camp. The team managed to remove the lion at the gate and the one that was at the picnic area which left them with one lion in the thick bush around the staff residence.
The team was not keen on taking the risk with capturing the lion using the vehicle due to the thickness of the area and instead walked in. When the team swept through the area and got to a very thick area some two and half metres away, the lion jumped out aiming for an attack and they had to put it down as the situation was extremely dangerous. No one was injured, the options were weighed and the entire operation was carried out professionally and successfully.
Any wild animal trapped within a confined space such as rest camp with people milling around is bound to be dangerous and it is simply not worth taking the risk of someone getting injured or killed.
As much as we regret the killing of any animal in the park, the potential injury risk to guests or staff sometimes necessitate harsh action. Each case is however treated on merit taking all possible factors into account.