Motorist and communities around Selwane and Matsimba village outside Phalaborwa have been warned of a lion on the loose.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Tsako Mabunda said the Lulekani the surrounding community of the lion which was seen along Giyani-Selwane road.

He said the police received a call from a motorist who was traveling along the Giyani-Selwane road alleging that while traveling on the road, he noticed a lion which was busy eating a carcass of a cow next to the road.

He said when he came closer to investigate, the lion then ran away into the bushes at Selwane village.

Mabunda said the nature conservation department was also  activated and a serious hunt for the lion  has been initiated.