A Croatian trophy hunter who traveled the world to kill massive sport was fatally shot whereas monitoring a lion in South Africa.
Pero Jelinic and his searching occasion had simply taken down a lion Saturday and had been in pursuit of one other when a rifle bullet struck the 75-year-old gamesman.
Jelinic was airlifted from Leeubosch Lodge — about 220 miles west of Johannesburg — however later died at a hospital, in line with South Africa’s Information24 channel.
Capt. Charlize van der Linden, a police spokeswoman, advised the information channel a culpable murder investigation was opened, though his buddies advised Croatian media it was an accident.
The police official added authorities are wanting into whether or not unlawful firearms or ammunition was used through the expedition.
“At this stage it isn’t clear who fired the deadly shot that killed Mr Jelinic,” van der Linden advised Information24. “Our investigations are ongoing.”
He was with two different buddies from Croatia on the time of the capturing, the searching buddies advised Croatian media.
Jelinic, who was born in Bosnia, ran a lodge for many years on Pag, a Croatian island within the Adriatic Sea, in line with the Jutarnji Vijesti newspaper.
He was an energetic hunter, and final yr rented out his lodge so he might journey the world in pursuit of massive sport trophies, the Croatian newspaper reported.
Activists need South Africa to finish ranches just like the one the place Jelinic was killed as a result of the lions are bred to be hunted, in line with the BBC.
The nation is a favourite for hunters across the globe, who’re prepared to shell out hundreds to shoot the so-called “canned lions.”