Sunday, 23 June, 2024

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The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) announced that it had to euthanise a cheetah this morning after receiving a complaint from the Matsulu C community yesterday at around 21:30.

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency euthanises cheetah after complaints from Matsulu community 

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) announced that it had to euthanise a cheetah this morning after receiving a complaint from the Matsulu C community yesterday at around 21:30.

The MTPA-trained field rangers of Mthethomusha Nature Reserve urgently reacted and controlled the situation. The team returned this morning at around 05:00 after it had assessed the situation and had been left with no choice but to euthanise the cheetah as it was posing a threat to life for the community.  It was not possible to dart the animal, as it was moving in between the houses.

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The carcass has been transported to the MTPA head office in Mataffin today for proper handling.

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“We want to commend the community of Matsulu for swiftly reporting to the MTPA when they noticed the cheetah,” said Mduduzi Vilakazi, CEO of the MTPA. “We would like to encourage the communities to report to MTPA when they notice wild animals and they should not try to take matters into their own hands.”

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