Marius,we have found the same,it is surprising how quick a captive bred lion goes ferral.This argument on whether these hunts are hunting or shooting will go on forever.I respect each persons opinion on this,personally I find these hunts very exciting.The main thing is to be honest about what one sells,this brings me to the point that Shakari brought up earlier,I also have my doubts about how "wild" some of the lions outside of South Africa are.Steve,
No, I don't suggest that a significant SA farms have wild lions.
The point that I am trying to make is that we have found fresh kills(Gemsbuck) while hunting captive bred lion. My point is that even captive bred lions have the capability of killing for food, which tells me that nature will always find a way. So, not able to become self-sustaining, as you mentioned in your above post. I'm not so sure. I believe that any wild animal will adapt to its needs for survival. Its in their instinct.
I'm not selling a lion hunt here. Just stating facts what we have observed from our time out there.