Sheba, the eight-year-old tigress that went missing last Saturday, 14 January 2023, was shot and killed this morning.
Also read: Tiger on the prowl south of Johannesburg
The tigress returned to her home in Walkerville on the morning of 17 January 2023 and left again before she could be captured.
In the early hours of the morning, the tigress was located on the Arboretum Farm at Walkers Fruit Farms and was shot to death.
According to The South African, the community policing forum representative Gresham Mandy reported, “She had entered a farm area with six dwellings and with families living there. Sheba attacked and killed one of the domestic animals, and a call was made for urgent assistance. Members responded to the scene, and began to track the tiger.”
“At 03:45, the decision was made to euthanise her while it was still safe to do so. Unfortunately, at that moment in time, darting her was not an option. Sheba had moved during the night across the hills to the west side of Fruit Farms, bringing her close to livestock and other residents in a more densely populated area.”
“This was not an easy decision to make at the time, and the safety of the community of Walkers Fruit Farms was a priority,” said Mandy.
The owner of the missing tigress has been unhappy with the way the story has been reported. Yesterday, 17 January 2023, he had an altercation with media personnel.
Watch the following video as he confronts journalists:
Disclaimer this video contains violence and some strong language.