Three escaped South African lions shot dead after killing cow

File Three lions that have been roaming outside the Kruger National Park this week have been killed

File Three lions that have been roaming outside the Kruger National Park this week have been killed

There were also concerns that having already escaped once, the lion would keep trying to leave the park.

Population pressures may be pushing the cats out of the park, which is the size of Israel, as their numbers swelled during a severe drought in 2015/16, which provided predators with a bonanza in dead and dying prey species.

One of the lions was killed instantly while the second one was left wounded.

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

SANParks then dispatched a chopper and had to shoot the wounded animal.

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Officials say the uninjured lion had to be killed partly because lions that eat cattle develop a taste for livestock and could pose a bigger threat to humans.

Regarding the reported escape of a fourth lion, Raftopoulos said evidence based on the tracks rangers had looked at on the ground only showed that there were three lions.

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".

The person who made the first sighting believed it to be four but it is easy to make a mistake she said.

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