A lion named Spook has scared a lot of people in South Africa after escaping from the Karoo National Park for the 2nd time on Tuesday. According to spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick, the male lion slipped out under a fence where rain had washed away the soil, and has now been labeled a “problem animal” and would most likely be put down before anyone is killed.
“He is clearly a troublesome lion and could be a danger to humans,” a 2nd representative of the Park, Reynold Thakhuli, told Agence France-Presse. “Authorities will have to consider various management methods to ensure his safety and that of people. Such interventions might include euthanizing the animal.”
During his previous venture, Spook managed to travel 186 miles from Karoo, and reportedly slew 30 animals over a period of 21-days before being shot by a tranquilizer dart fired from a helicopter.
While Spook was reportedly driven out of the Park by older lions the first time, wildlife officials don’t know what might have driven him away this time. According to Thakhuli., lions were reintroduced to Karoo 6-years ago, after an absence of almost 170 years. If Spook is shot, he will be the first wild lion killed on purpose in the area since 1842.