Three lions are believed to be on the loose in Kasungu after escaping from Nkhotakota Game Reserve.
Some people in Kasungu told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that they indeed saw the lions in the district on Wednesday morning.
One of those who saw the lions was Village Headman Chipokola who said he saw the beasts crossing a road near the Kasungu National Park.
“I was in my farm this morning when I saw three lions, two big in size and the other one small, crossing the road,” the chief said.
The village headman added that he phoned police who informed the Kasungu National Park Manager.
Director of Parks Brighton Kumchedwa has confirmed that there are lions on the loose.
“We were told by the police that three lions have escaped from Kasungu National Park and we immediately deployed game rangers to check the park to confirm the incident. The footprints showed that the lions were coming from east to west direction which shows that the lions are from Nkhotakota Game Reserve and not Kasungu National Park as earlier believed,” he said.
The Kasungu District Council Wednesday morning sent a crew together with game rangers to warn people and hunt for the lions.
As for Wednesday night the lions had not been spotted and no attacks were reported.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA