ENVIRONMENT

Kenya: 2 lions out of park a day after another was killed

  • In this July 23, 2015 photo provided by SANParks, Spook the lion is seen after he was recaptured after escaping from the Karoo National Park near Beaufor West, South Africa. Last year, a South African lion earned the nickname "Spook" — "Ghost" in the Afrikaans language — after it escaped from a national park and eluded searchers for more than three weeks. Now Spook has broken out again. A helicopter on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 searched for the male lion, which was fitted with a satellite tracking collar after last year's escape from Karoo National Park and should be easier to trace this time, park spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick said. The lion, which escaped overnight Sunday, has become a "problem animal" and will be killed because he knows how to get out of the park and could endanger people, Ludick said.  (Gabriella Venter/SANSParks via AP)

    In this July 23, 2015 photo provided by SANParks, Spook the lion is seen after he was recaptured after escaping from the Karoo National Park near Beaufor West, South Africa. Last year, a South African lion earned the nickname "Spook" — "Ghost" in the Afrikaans language — after it escaped from a national park and eluded searchers for more than three weeks. Now Spook has broken out again. A helicopter on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 searched for the male lion, which was fitted with a satellite tracking collar after last year's escape from Karoo National Park and should be easier to trace this time, park spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick said. The lion, which escaped overnight Sunday, has become a "problem animal" and will be killed because he knows how to get out of the park and could endanger people, Ludick said. (Gabriella Venter/SANSParks via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service shoots dead a male lion that had strayed from the Nairobi National Park, in Kajiado, Kenya Wednesday, March 30, 2016. A lion was shot dead in Kenya on Wednesday after attacking a man, while trackers in South Africa searched for a lion whose own escape from a park prompted appeals to wildlife officials to relocate it rather than kill it. The two cases of African lions on the loose highlight the difficult balance between protecting people and conserving lions, whose numbers have declined dramatically over the past century because of unregulated hunting, a loss of habitat and growing conflict with livestock herders. (AP Photo)

    A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service shoots dead a male lion that had strayed from the Nairobi National Park, in Kajiado, Kenya Wednesday, March 30, 2016. A lion was shot dead in Kenya on Wednesday after attacking a man, while trackers in South Africa searched for a lion whose own escape from a park prompted appeals to wildlife officials to relocate it rather than kill it. The two cases of African lions on the loose highlight the difficult balance between protecting people and conserving lions, whose numbers have declined dramatically over the past century because of unregulated hunting, a loss of habitat and growing conflict with livestock herders. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A Kenyan wildlife official says a tracking team including a helicopter has been deployed to locate two lions that were reported to have strayed out of the Nairobi National park, a day after another lion was killed after it injured a man.

Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Gathitu said Thursday the two lions were reported to have been seen near a settlement in the southern side of the park which is not fenced.

KWS said Wednesday they had no choice but to kill a lion in Nairobi's outskirts after it became too agitated by the noise of a gathering crowd.

Conservationists and ordinary Kenyans are expressing anger over the decision by wildlife authorities to kill the popular lion known as "Mohawk" instead of capturing it.