Picture: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/African News Agency (ANA)

Lion shot dead after terrorising villagers

By MERCURY REPORTER Time of article published May 18, 2020

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Durban - A rogue lion that has been terrorising a community and killing their livestock was shot dead by a farmer in Nquthu near Dundee.

This was confirmed by the economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Ezemvelo Wildlife.

Although she was still awaiting a full report, Dube-Ncube said: “I can confirm that this lion has been terrorising the community and killing their livestock since February.”

The search for the animal had been ongoing for months and killing it was the last option. Rural communities already battling poverty had to bear the brunt.

“The lion wiped out any possible reserves they have, as their livestock is part of the economy of rural people.

“The seriousness of this matter prompted the department, through Ezemvelo Wildlife, to conduct an investigation to determine whether it was necessary to issue a permit to destroy the predator. A permit for depredation was issued to the local farmer, whose livestock was also attacked by the lion. It is the same farmer who killed the lion this morning, as it posed a danger to the community and their livestock.

“Once again, I wish to assure the farming community, traditional leaders, leaders of society and local communities that their safety and the protection of their livestock is our priority.” said Dube-Ncube.

The Mercury

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