The three escaped Kruger National Park (KNP) lions have been shot dead.

A farm owner in Mara Valley shot one lion and wounded another after the lions killed his cattle.

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Abe Sibiya, the Head of Biodiversity at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), said a decision had to be taken to kill the other lions.

“Unfortunately after all efforts were made and the risk of having a wounded lion roaming around, a decision had to be taken to destroy them,” said Sibiya.

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Sibiya said the MTPA and SANParks team worked under extremely challenging terrain during the operation, which made darting a difficult option