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 Post subject: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:30 am 
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I wonder if anyone on the forum has any information on the leopard that was shot in Berg en Dal.

Please do not make any wild speculations or judgements as I am sure a leopard in camp, especially a large busy one like Berg en Dal, is not a healthy situation for the leopard or people.

Perhaps SANPARKS could give us an official statement and forumites may have the knowledge to know if it was a regular camp visitor, a young leopard looking to establish a territory or maybe one of the "famous" leopards of Berg en Dal.

Thank you all, please keep this clean as my last topic was blocked due to us getting a little too excited.


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:26 am 
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If you look on the Kruger park facebook page, the whole story is there :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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There are many wild animals in the Kruger National Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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This is very sad. :( :(

Can someone maybe assist with a link to the facebook page, I can't seem to find it. Thanx :)

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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Your query has been forwarded to SANParks PR, SeanP.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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This is very sad. :( :(

Can someone maybe assist with a link to the facebook page, I can't seem to find it. Thanx :)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kruger.sanparks/
Was a lot of fun this morning! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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Thanx JenB :D

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Thank you all.


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:35 am 
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I'm not on Face Book, so can't link, won't someone be so kind as to tell me what happened, would appreciate it :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:34 pm 
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I don't have Facebook either :(

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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Basic story..... Young leopard in BnD camp, petrol station attendants felt threatened by it and threw bins etc at it. Rangers called. Guests told to stay away and indoors (and I know for a fact that some ignored this!). Leopard was shot. Now the 'experts who know better' are criticising the action.

We await the SANParks report.

My comments so far......dangerous situation in a camp with lots of bush, leopard already feeling threatened and therefore likely to be aggressive, guests around, no time to dart/trap etc, so shooting the only option. And I know I am speculating too.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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Thank you EJ, :gflower: just was interested to know the basics, I think you're right about the not being able to dart it

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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Very true EJ, although a very unfortunate situation, I trust that SANParks will not willingly resort to this kind of action if it wasn't necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard Shot in Berg en Dal
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It would be interesting to know whether all wild and potentially dangerous animals are shot that enter the rest camps, that enter staff housing areas, are around picnic sites, bird hides, are in the vicinity of entrance gates and are around where visitors may alight from their vehicles. Or is it only in exceptional cases when human life is really threatened.

I remember that a leopard killed a field ranger some years ago on a night drive at Berg-en Dal. I do not think it was expected so there was no time to shoot the leopard. There is a memorial for the deceased Ranger in Berg-en-Dal Camp.

It is a risk to be in the Kruger National Park due to the presence of wild animals in their natural habitat. I do not think making decisions like these are easy.

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