Longtime subscribers know that lion hunting in Botswana was closed several years ago, supposedly because too many were being killed under the guise of Problem Animal Control. With that in mind, I thought Hunting Report subscribers would enjoy this recent story from the Botswana newspaper Ngami Times: A Boteti farmer, fed up with lions raiding his kraal, decided to take matters into his own hands and try to capture a male lion, as shooting the animals is not permitted. He devised a lasso and managed to trap the lion, loaded it on to the back of his Land Cruiser and took it to the wildlife scouts' camp at Khumaga. Personnel to take care of the problem were not available, so he contacted a wildlife vet who was on an official trip to Okavango sub-district.
The farmer, who did not want to be identified, explained the situation, and particularly that he had a live and very angry lion roaring its head off on the back of his vehicle. "I have brought the lion to Maun but also cannot get assistance," he told the astonished vet, who then drove to Maun to administer a tranquilizer. The animal was then released into a wildlife area. Farmers in the Boteti area have described their colleague as "a very unique man" and one who was fed up with not being able to get any help.