According to local reports he had shot another lion dead before the accident happened while he was taking aim at a second victim.

He was in the North West province and friend Slavko Pernar said he wanted to get a lion trophy after hunting ‘everything that could be hunted in Europe’.

Croation Pero Jelinic, 75, was struck by a stray bullet from a fellow hunter’s rifle after he had killed one lion and was preparing his shot to kill a second.

The hunter and his friends were at Leeubosch Lodge in South Africa near Setlagole, a facility that offers “canned hunting”. Canned hunting is a controversial industry in which lions are raised in captivity and released into a fenced area. Hunters pay to track and kill them as trophies. The “sport” is often likened to shooting fish in a barrel.

Jelinic’s friends told the Croatian paper Jutarnji List that Jelinic “was a passionate hunter of big and small game, and in search of that he travelled most of the world.”

After being shot, Jelinic was airlifted to hospital but died shortly afterwards. Police have opened a culpable homicide case but his friends insist it was an “accident” not “murder” the BBC reported.

Animal rights activists have been pushing South Africa to ban canned lion hunting, which has become big draw for wealthy trophy hunters wanting to kill the endangered species.

South Africa is the world's biggest exporter of animal heads - mainly to hunters who pay thousands of dollars to hunt lions and take their heads home as trophies.

Responses to "Croatian Trophy Hunter Killed While Preparing To Shoot Lion"

  1. eagleeye says:

    bastard got what he deserved

  2. Unknown says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

  3. Unknown says:

    Karma is a bullet.

  4. z says:

    Croatian trophy hunters were killed while preparing to shoot lions !! hahaha, what's better than less of these two bea as with murder in your hand

  5. Jayro says:

    I hope other trophy hunters learn from this.
    Enough is enough!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    South Africa should be sanctioned for permitting, even fostering, this horrible practice!

  7. Unknown says:

    Best news I've heard all day. Good riddance to another scumbag sub-human.

  8. Phiarose says:

    Go the universe.. bring on the stray bullets lol

  9. Unknown says:

    You live by the sword, you die by the sword. I agree with Anonymous above, South Africa should be held to account for allowing any kind of hunting of animals. The only shooting that should be carried out in South Africa is with a camera!! Start really promoting camera safaris as a means of income for the protection of all endangered species.

  10. Dee says:

    Too bad the bastard didn't suffer more and longer!!

  11. Unknown says:

    Deserve it as well each and every hunter should end hunted by their own should be more sportive attraction

  12. Anonymous says:

    are that man dead he hawe killing fine lion ha ha god

  13. Anonymous says:

    its god that the man are dead he hawe killing fine lions

  14. JerLor says:

    Thanks shooter...whoever you are .

  15. Unknown says:

    Good riddance!

  16. aleks says:

    Too bad this doesn't happen daily...thousands of animals hunted for trophies and parts every day! Own hunter killed per year isn't enough..

  17. Anonymous says:

    Not bad, not sad.

  18. Unknown says:

    Wheres thanos when u need him

  19. Unknown says:

    There are no accidents in this world!! Hopefully the shooter will end up in prison.

  20. Jay Hicks says:

    Sad that the "stray bullet" didn't take him out before he shot the first lion.

  21. Unknown says:

    should have been shot earlier!

  22. Anonymous says:

    This pathetic excuse for a human should have been removed from this planet a long time ago. Those poor animals that he abused should have been better protected. Hope he felt true Karma and felt the pain, he chose to inflict.

  23. God punished this old hunter who was old enough to die, anyway...

  24. Unknown says:

    They need to do that more often -- Morans don't even know how to shoot a gun. Too bad a lion didn't get him.

  25. Kathy says:

    Happy to hear goodness has a way of making things right.

  26. Unknown says:

    Too bad the lion didn't charge and finish him off after he was shot!

  27. Diana says:

    EXCELLENT, MAY THERE BE MANY MORE "ACCIDENTS." At least he won't get to kill any more defenseless wildlife. He has died exactly as he lived - an unlamented psychopath.

  28. djdicks says:

    So did the other hunter mount this guys head and take it home

  29. Unknown says:

    One idiot less.

  30. Trophy hunting and killing for Chinese medicine must be stopped before it is too late. Governments must get tough: the tourist industry will be killed off with the animals, if these evil practices continue. ACTION NOW!

  31. vonnie says:

    NEMESIS is always looking to rid us of the bad...

  32. etienne says:

    Lions everywhere send very sincere condolences to hunters family, and suggest a zoo for this endangered species of half-man.

  33. etienne says:

    Lions everywhere send very sincere condolences to hunters family, and suggest a zoo for this endangered species of half-man.

  34. Unknown says:

    hunters should just hunt each other, at least then it would be manly. It would take brains and balls. Now they're just a bunch of cowards hiding in the bushes with high power weapons and killing unaware , unarmed animals. What a pussy you have to be to be a trophy hunter, what are they trying to compensate for. There is no more a pitiful, cowardly , pathetic excuse of a man than a trophy hunter

  35. Unknown says:

    It's a shame that he was killed by another human instead of the lions.

  36. Roby says:
    Now, everyone can send him ''hello''

  37. killed by another trophy hunter lmao lets see poacher gets squashed by herd of elephants lions munched on another poacher now this its been a great month for nature bad for poachers and trophy hunters karmas aliveand well and doing a great job on these human trash bet he didnt see that coming...hahahaaaa

  38. Unknown says:

    Good, now if there is an afterlife, may be spend eternity having his head crushed in a lion's mouth over and over and over again? I love lions, tigers, elephants and all animals, apart from humans!

  39. dennis says:

    If animals had guns there would be no hunters !

  40. Ooops! What a shame that he was able to kill the first lion. At least, there is one more off the list of stupid!

  41. Unknown says:

    The best news of the day. This should happen to all the trophy hunters, particularly that from the U.S.

  42. cathy t says:

    omg THISis so disgusting, the poor lions. please stop africa from killing these beautiful animals.the company who does this should be shut down immideatly. killing one lion and want to kill another , so sick and cruel, how could this be allowed, rich people doing this is sick. karma will get the rophy hunters.

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