It is said the Karoo farmers is as much relieved as the officials of SanParks who made the capture.
SanParks say the 3-year old lion, nick-named Sylvester, was spotted about 20km from the park during the weekend but it took off towards the border of of the Northern Cape. Trackers were used to follow it into the Nuweveld Mountains north-west of Beaufort West.
Late on Monday a helicopter was used to get close to the animal and dart it. Sylvester is now in a boma at the Karoo National Park where he is being observed until his release back into the wild. This time his lunch will not be standing around on a farm as he will have to work harder for his catch in the wildlife park.
It took more than 20 trackers to find him but this time he has been fitted with a radio tracking device just in case he decides to seek out greener pastures again in the future.