Villagers chase leopard up tree

A leopard that had killed a goat belonging to a rural community near Vryheid was darted and relocated to the Ithala Game Reserve late last month, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Wednesday.

“We decided to react swiftly… as the community does not react kindly to wild animals killing their livestock. They could have killed the leopard. We also wanted to avoid conflict with the community as they tend to want to claim for compensation if one of their stock gets killed by a wild animal,” said Ezemvelo spokesperson Jeff Gaisford.

“The community members managed to chase the young leopard up a tree and keep it there while alerting us.”

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