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The escaped lion kills a man and runs free after he has escaped from a nature reserve in Nairobi

The escaped lion kills a man and runs free after he has escaped from a nature reserve in Nairobi

  • The Kenya Wildlife Service started a search to locate and sedate lions
  • The park is surrounded by electric gates in parts, but is not completely enclosed
  • The KWS has encouraged the public to remain calm and not to venture at night

An escaped lion that killed a man is still running free after escaping from a nature reserve in Nairobi today.

The big cat killed a man outside of Nairobi National Park, the nature authorities said when they warned that the animal was still roaming freely in the Kenyan capital.

The Kenya Wildlife Service started a search to locate and sedate the lion after a man was killed outside the national park south of the city.

The big cat killed a man outside Nairobi National Park, nature authorities said when they warned that the animal was still roaming freely in the Kenyan capital (file image)

The big cat killed a man outside Nairobi National Park, nature authorities said when they warned that the animal was still roaming freely in the Kenyan capital (file image)

KWS said in a statement: & # 39; We contact the family of the deceased to visit and comfort them.

& # 39; KWS urges citizens to remain calm and to & # 39; not venture at night until the lion is caught. & # 39;

The incident occurred outside the southern periphery of the park, KWS said.

The park is surrounded by electric gates in parts, but is not fully enclosed, allowing for traditional migration per game in search of grazing.

Endangered animals such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo graze in the iconic park against a backdrop of distant skyscrapers.

Endangered animals such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo graze in the iconic park against a backdrop of distant skyscrapers in Nairobi (photo)

Endangered animals such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo graze in the iconic park against a backdrop of distant skyscrapers in Nairobi (photo)

Endangered animals such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo graze in the iconic park against a backdrop of distant skyscrapers in Nairobi (photo)

The park is only seven kilometers (four miles) from the heart of Nairobi, and incidents of animals fleeing the grasslands and entering the metropolis of more than four million are not unheard of.

A lion was shot in March 2016 after he escaped from the park and attacked and wounded a man. It was the fourth time that lions had roamed outside the reserve.

A month earlier, in February 2016, two lions spent a day in Kibera, a densely populated slum of the city, before returning to the park, and days later more lions were spotted in the city.

The big cats are under increasing pressure because one of the fastest growing cities in Africa is expanding into old migration and hunting areas.

Conservationists say that lions lived there before people in the area and did not flee the park & ​​# 39; or & # 39; stray & # 39; to human settlements, but that people have previously entered the habitat of the lions.

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