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. Good riddance to bad rubbish

  3. Karma is a bullet.

  4. Unknown 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. 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. 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

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