A Croatian trophy hunter who boasted that he had shot ‘everything that could be hunted in Europe’ has died while hunting lions in South Africa.
Pero Jelinic, 75, was hit by a stray bullet during the hunt at a remote farm, where he had already killed one lion and was stalking another.
Jelinic was hunting at a remote farm where lions are raised in captivity purely to be hunted.
Police say they do not know who fired the fatal shot.
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The hotel owner’s friend Slavko Pernar told Croatia’s Jutarnji List newspaper, ‘Pero was a passionate hunter of big and small game, and in search of that he travelled most of the world.
‘For the past year he had leased his hotel to dedicated himself to the things he planned to accomplish and enjoyed a deserved retirement.
‘He, unfortunately, received the ugliest end – he died in South Africa doing what he loved. His office, a hunting hall, was full of trophies, deer and bear specimens and everything that could be hunted in Croatia and Europe.’