Lion was a Hyena

Lion on the loose near Ulundi

Hyenas and not a lion are on the loose in Ulundi, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said yesterday.

Spokesman Musa Mntambo said a couple driving through the area claimed to have seen a lion a night ago.

“Last night, we went to view the tracks of the ‘lion’ where it was spotted. Lion and hyena tracks are almost the same, it’s just that the lion’s are a bit bigger,” he said.

The tracks were found to be those of a hyena. Rangers also played the sounds of a lion eating, which would usually attract other lions to join the eating, at 2am on Wednesday morning.

“It did not come, only two hyenas came,” said Mntambo.

“They attempted to eat the bait [but] unfortunately disappeared through the bushes when they realised that they were being lured.”

Mntambo said hyenas were shy and cowardly animals which would not normally attack humans. He said the rangers would continue trying to catch the hyenas.