Zimbabwe resort town in new lion alert

March 11, 2013

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have renewed a lion alert at the northern tourism and fishing resort town of Kariba after the reported sighting of two more lions near the suburb where two people were mauled to death last week.

The state wildlife authority said Monday the weekend sightings were in the "same general area" around the Mahombekombe township suburb. Three rogue lions were hunted down and killed there Thursday and Friday.

Officials said it was not proven that new "man eaters" have been sighted at all. Rangers and volunteers are deploying before dawn Tuesday to look for fresh lion tracks and echo animal calls to try and rouse any lions nearby.

After rogue lions terrified the townspeople last week, "everyone is seeing lions in every shadow," one official said.