Three male lions which escaped from the South Africa Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle.
The farmer shot one dead and wounded another on Wednesday.
Parks authorities used a helicopter to track down the injured animal and the third lion.
“We had to obviously kill the wounded lion because it becomes very dangerous,” South African national parks spokeswoman said.
She said that if the lion had been returned to the park, it would have tried to escape again and would be a threat to humans and livestock.
Two months ago, five other lions escaped from the park.
Four were re-captured in neighbouring farms and one is still on the loose.
Officials said animals usually escaped through dry river beds or holes along the fence.