Lion Dead

This sad (its actually not that sad - this was an old lion) but interesting story comes from Laurence Frank from the Laikipia Predator Project. The LPP is an excellent effort fighting hard on behalf of predators and looking deeper into the conflicts that humans and predators find themselves in, in our area. Please have a look at their website to learn more.--------------------------------------------------

Below is Laurence's notes:

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This morning LM72 was found dead on Ol Pejeta, apparently killed by other lions. Many thanks to Giles Prettejohn for informing us as soon as he was found.

We collared male LM72 as a three-and-a-half year old on Segera in January 2002. He stayed on the south half of Segera and Kihoto until November, and then moved to Ol Jogi for a year. By March 2004 he was back on Segera, where he resumed his old home range until August, when he moved to Ngorare. Alayne gave him a new collar on Ngorare in October, 2004. We think he became a pride male there, as he stayed until April, 2006. Three days after we last found him on Ngorare, he showed up on Mutara, presumably displaced by other males. Since then he has moved between Mutara and Ol Pejeta; although we have not been able to do much flying in the last two years, we had several reports of him on OP. I attach a map showing the 78 locations we got over the years. He covered a minimum area of 840 sq. km. in the time we have known him.

He appears to have been badly beaten up by other males a few days ago. He had deep infected and necrotic bite wounds on both hindlegs and his neck, and presumably died of infections early yesterday. Interestingly, we had a similar case of a young male dying of infected bites and abscesses on Mpala last October.

LM72 was ten or eleven years old. To have lived that long, he was clearly wise enough to leave cattle alone; let us hope that he left us many offspring who learned his discretion and good manners.