Residents of the Karoo town of Beaufort West were warned of a hungry lion roaming in the scrub this weekend after it escaped from the Karoo National Park.

“On Friday, we had a marathon, but we had to change our route,” said municipal spokesperson Marlene Hendricks on Monday.

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She explained that there were concerns that the lion may have been wandering along the running trail. The marathon went ahead, but on a different route to avoid the possibility of an unwanted encounter.

A spokesperson for SANParks was not immediately available for comment, but the town’s tourism association said on Facebook on Monday that the lion was on the loose outside the park’s boundaries.

The municipality is struggling to provide water to the town, amid dry and hot conditions.

It is not the first time the park’s lions have decided to broaden their horizons.

In March 2016, one of the runaway big cats, which had already built a reputation for escaping under a perimeter fence, was eventually tracked via its electronic collar.

– News24 Wire

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