A lion said to have been caged in the Jos Wild Life Park in Plateau State for 43 years now was on Wednesday shot dead after been found, following its escape from its cage.
The lion wars said to have escaped from the park situated at Dong community of Jos North Local Government Area thereby causing panic among residents of nearby Dong, State and Federal Low-cost housing estates, Rantiya, Miango Road and Tudun Wada.
According to details, the lion which has been caged in the park since 1972 was said to have escaped at about 8am when park attendants went to the cage to feed it but a staff of the Tourism Cooperation confirmed “the lion was sighted within the park premises and shot dead before it could cause any harm to people.”
It was gathered, at the time the wild animal roamed the vicinity of the park which is not fenced, frantic efforts were made to recapture it as security outfits in the state deployed personnel to the area to assist in keeping the animal within the park premises.
Further details about the lion and the incident of its death could not be obtained as the Acting General Manager of the State Tourism Corporation, Mr John Doy, whose organization oversees the park, could not be reached on phone.
However, a staff who confirmed the killing of the lion lamented the death of the carnivore, saying, “We are not really having any significant animals in the park. It is the lion and the elephant that attract tourists the most but now that the lion is gone, we are sad because we cannot say exactly when we will have another.
“Since we lost the last hippo some years back, there has not been any replacement. We just pray that this case will be different because tourists may not really be excited if there are no high profile animals in the park.”