Croatian bishop accidentally shoots hunter


Published: January 15, 2019


According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter. PHOTO: REUTERS

According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZAGREB: A Croatian bishop accidentally shot and badly wounded a man while hunting wild boar, reports and officials said today, igniting criticism on social media in the mainly Catholic country.

Bishop Vjekoslav Huzjak was on an organised hunting trip in eastern Croatia on Friday when he misfired his rifle and struck another hunter in the thigh, the Vecernji List daily paper said.

The bishop’s Bjelovar-Krizevci diocese said in a statement that “he voices his deep sorrow for what has happened and wishes a quick recovery to the wounded hunter”.

Police, without identifying the bishop, said they “completed a probe of a 58-year-old man” who “shot at a wild boar but missed and the bullet hit a 64-year-old man”.

He was hospitalised in Zagreb with serious injuries but his life was not in danger, police said, adding that they would file a criminal complaint against the shooter.

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“This is something unusual and such a thing has never happened in the recent history of our Church,” the Vecernji List paper quoted an anonymous church source as saying.

According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter.

The accident sparked many, mostly negative, comments on social media in Croatia, where nearly 90 per cent of the 4.2 million population are Roman Catholics.

“This is what happens when priests instead of sticking to altar get hold of a rifle … Amen!” one woman commented on Facebook.

“What is a bishop doing hunting? Killing creatures of God?” another man wrote. “Isn’t that against his service and faith he preaches?”

Wild wolf cubs born in Rome for the first time in 100 years

Wild wolf cubs born in Rome for the first time in 100 years
The wolves captured on camera. Photo: Oasi LIPU

The wolf is the symbolic animal of Rome, a city founded by two brothers who were raised by a she-wolf – or so the legend goes.

And now, for the first time in over 100 years, newly-born wolves have been spotted living just outside the Italian capital.

Hidden cameras in the Oasi LIPU Castel di Guido, a wildlife sanctuary spanning 180 hectares, have snapped pictures of an entire family of wolves: mother, father, and two cubs.  The male adult has been named Romulus by researchers, a nod to the city’s legendary founder, and since he was first sighted, scientists have been studying the animals through video footage and analysis of excrement to determine their diet.

“We were very surprised!” a spokesperson from LIPU said, speaking to The Local about the birth of the cubs. “We first spotted the [adult] wolves in 2013, and this is the first time there have been cubs.”

She added that the creatures should not pose any danger to locals, because wolves are “elusive animals which keep themselves hidden”. The organization has offered advice to farmers about protecting their livestock from any attacks, but stressed that the wolves’ diet is made up of 95 percent wild boar, and that abandoned dogs pose the greater risk to cattle.

The wolves at night. Photo: Oasi LIPU

The nature reserve is located close to the ring road that surrounds Rome, and the wolves likely made their way there from the area surrounding Lake Bracciano north of the capital, which has long had a wolf population. It’s a case of “natural recolonization”, according to LIPU, without any human intervention: adult wolves typically move away from their pack when they reach maturity in order to find a new mate and territory.

The cubs were first captured on camera in summer this year, but researchers waited until the autumn to make the news public as they were unsure whether the animals would survive – only 50 percent of a wolf’s litter typically reach maturity.

“It’s very good news because in this area in recent years, we have had lots of wild boars, which have caused problems for farmers in the area. Wolves are a natural predator of boars, so this could help control the boar population,” the spokesperson explained.

The female wolf was pictured lactating, signalling the arrival of the cubs. Photo: Oasi LIPU

Rome authorities have considered sterilization of the wild boars following an increase in sightings and the death of a man in March after his scooter collided with one of the animals. Video footage has shown them in streets and residential areas as well as parks, possibly enticed into urban areas due to the capital’s problems with waste management.

The Italian wolf population dropped to just 100 in the 1960s, but in 1971 they were declared a protected species and a ban on hunting them has allowed numbers to creep back up to an estimated 1,600. They live predominantly in the mountainous regions of the Appenines and the Alps.

However, the creatures are not popular with local farmers, with agricultural organization Coldiretti saying the number of attacks of livestock has risen sharply in recent years. In 2014, farmers in Tuscany illegally killed wolves and left the carcasses in public areas in protest at the damage to their cattle and property.

Earlier this year, the country mulled a controversial plan to cull five percent of the wolf population, a measure which was stopped following protests from environmentalists.

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A herd of 'rebel cows' has been living wildly in the Italian mountains for years

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Wild boar turns tables on French hunters, wounding two

The men were injured when the animal turned and attacked, leaving one of them in critical condition. A debate over hunting has continued to gain momentum in France due to the high number of humans being killed.

A wild boar in a wood

Two hunters were injured in the western French region of Loire-Atlantique on Wednesday when the wild boar they were hunting turned and attacked them. One of the men was rushed to hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition. The animal is said to have weighed 100 kilos (220 pounds).

Wild boar are known as ferocious creatures made all the more dangerous by their swiftness, low center of gravity, muscular shoulders and sharp tusks — which they can use to tear open a hunter’s leg, causing severe bleeding.

The incident was the latest in an ongoing series of serious hunting accidents in France. The frequency and severity of those accidents has sparked fierce debate over hunting practices in the country. Critics point to lax laws governing the sport as well as the ease with which a license can be obtained.

France’s national hunting and wildlife agency ONCFS said that about 115 people had been injured in hunting accidents as of June 1, 2018. The agency said that roughly 85 percent of those injured were hunters and that 13 people had died from their injuries. Three of the deceased were not hunters.

Wild boar in snowy forest The boars can be found across Europe’s forests

Not just animals being killed

The grim statistic rose last weekend when a 34-year-old Welsh mountain biker living in France was shot in the chest while riding on a well-marked trail in the French Alps. The man, Marc Sutton, died from his injuries. The 22-year-old who shot him was hospitalized for shock and may face charges for aggravated manslaughter.

Two weeks ago another man in the same region was sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted of accidentally killing a runner with a single bullet to the head. Critics have demanded tighter regulations on hunting in populated areas or those popular with non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts.

Controversial outside France as well

Hunting is not only a controversial topic in France. Recently an American TV host drew anger from residents in Scotland after she posted several pictures of herself with animals that she shot and killed across the country, among them, a wild goat on the island of Islay.

Local Parliamentarian Michael Russel responded to Larysa Switlk’s post by condemning the practice of hunting goats in Scotland, calling for it to be “stopped immediately.” He specifically criticized tourism companies offering hunters the chance to stalk and kill wild goats, which others call an invasive species.

Michael Russell


As the local member of @ScotParl I am raising this as a matter of urgency with @strathearnrose – if this is actually happening on , and laid on by some sort of tour company I would want to see it stopped immediately

Larysa Switlyk@LSwitlyk

Congrats on Jason on his gold medal 🥇 goat here in Scotland on Islay. A unique hunt, email for more information ! 

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1 wild boar killed, 6 still at large in Yukon

CBC News · Posted: Jul 17, 2018 7:00 AM CT | Last Updated: July 17


Seven wild boars escaped from a farm in the Mendenhall subdivision area, west of Whitehorse, last month. Since then, they’ve been spotted on peoples’ properties and alongside the highway. The territorial government says one of the animals has now been killed, but the rest are still loose. (Jody Peters)

The owner of seven wild boars that escaped last month west of Whitehorse has managed to find and kill one of the animals, according to the Yukon government. But the other six are still running free.

And according to a University of Saskatchewan researcher who’s studied wild boars, that’s bad news.

“If you think what you’re doing is important today, you’re wrong. Stop what you’re doing… get out there and find every one of [the boars] and remove them,” said associate professor Ryan Brook.

He said any boar that is shot at, but not killed, becomes “wild very, very quickly.

The animals, all female, escaped from a farm in the Mendenhall subdivision area sometime last month.

Local residents have been alarmed to see the beasts occasionally wander onto their rural properties, but the animals have proven hard to catch.


Tannis Thompson-Preete took this photo a couple of weeks ago, when she spotted the animals near the Alaska Highway. The government has since told the animals’ owner to remove them from the wild or face fines. (Tannis Thompson-Preete)

Last week, government agriculture officials admitted the pigs had so far outsmarted them, so they gave the owner an ultimatum: remove your animals from the wild or face fines.

The deadline passed last Wednesday, but government officials won’t say how the farmer’s being penalized.

“Since this is an ongoing enforcement issue, we are not able to provide further information on the details surrounding the timeline, and amount of fines,” said Jesse Devost, a spokesperson for the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, in an email to CBC.

‘They will eat almost anything’

According to Brook, wild boars are an invasive species and they’ve wreaked havoc in many places across the country, including Saskatchewan.


‘They really do a lot of damage to almost any landscape, but especially wetlands get really torn apart,’ says Ryan Brook, a wild boar researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. (Tannis Thompson-Preete)

He said they can damage landscapes and ecosystems, and threaten local agriculture, because they root up vegetation and “they will eat almost anything.”

“They really do a lot of damage to almost any landscape, but especially wetlands get really torn apart,” Brook said.

“These wild pigs, they’re just a major global threat. Not just Canada, or not just local here — it is a global issue.”

Brook said it’s also possible the animals could spread disease to livestock, wild species, and possibly even people, although he said that’s not a major concern in Canada right now.

“That’s mainly because we haven’t looked,” he said.

Risk of reproducing low, gov’t says

Brook said it’s key to eradicate the animals from the wild as soon as possible, especially if there’s any risk that they might reproduce.

“These animals are continuously breeding non-stop and producing litters of six all along the way. And those young can become sexually mature at about five to six months. So, you do the math,” he said.

The Yukon government has said the risk of the animals breeding in the wild is low, since the escapees are all female and there are no other known wild pigs in Yukon for them to mate with.


A submitted shot of a wild boar. The Yukon government has said the risk of the animals breeding in the wild is low, since the escapees are all female and there are no other known wild pigs in Yukon for them to mate with. (Brian Keating)

The animals can breed with domestic pigs, so other pig farmers in the area have been advised to “be diligent in monitoring their animals and containment structures while these wild boar are in the area,” Devost wrote.

Brook said that’s all good news, but it doesn’t lessen his concern.

“Even a couple can do a lot of damage,” he said.

They’re also just plain dangerous when they’re running wild, Brook said. He advises any Yukoner who sees the animals to beat a retreat.

“Approaching these animals — I wouldn’t recommend it,” he said. “If you see them out on the ground, I would definitely get back in the house and close the door.”

“When we have a ground crew here, when people are going to shoot at pigs, we also have people with shotguns to protect the shooters themselves because [the boars] will charge.”

He also said that the longer the animals run loose, the more elusive — and dangerous — they’ll be.

“Time is everything with these things,” he said.


Shocking footage has emerged of a pack of dogs ripping a terrified boar limb from limb, as part of a LEGAL organised dog fight. Urgent animal protection laws are needed to end this savage cruelty. Sign the petition now!

*Image: Screengrab of the original video which can be found here.


Devastating footage on social media shows crowds cheering as an exhausted boar runs for his life. His screams of pain and fear can be heard as he is set upon by a pack of baying dogs… trained to kill.


The footage has sparked outrage in Vietnam, but these organised ‘death battles’ – between dogs and boars fleeing for their lives are nothing new in Vietnam. One crowd member even commented, “We will continue doing it because it isn’t illegal.


And boar aren’t the only victims of this vicious blood sport…


Dogs used as killing-machines are treated as nothing more than sporting equipment. Often chained, mutilated, and treated cruelly to make them more aggressive.


Two years ago, the Vietnamese government passed its first Animal Health Law. Yet, there are currently no laws to protect animals from harm, or punish animal abusers.


When barbaric cruelty like these sick organised dog fights can go unpunished, and leave authorities powerless to act, urgent changes are needed…

Please, join us in calling on the Vietnam Government to update the law to include animal protection regulations, and strong punishments for those who commit acts of violence against animals.

Act now, call for urgent animal welfare laws in Vietnam. Please, sign the petition now…


Man shot dead during wild boar hunt in the Var

The two men were out hunting with rifles when the incident happened (photo for illustration only)

A man in his late 60s has been shot dead during a wild boar hunt gone wrong near Toulon in the Var.

The man, who lived in the Toulouse area and was reportedly taking part in the hunt at Solliès-Ville, received a bullet to the chest the morning of Saturday February 17, according to the prosecutor of the République, Bernard Marchal, speaking to local newspaper Var-Matin.

Another man who was also taking part in the hunt has been taken into custody for investigation after the incident, but no-one has yet been charged, and the sequence of events is yet to be confirmed.

According to early reports from the gendarmerie de La-Valette-du-Var, one of the hunters fired three shots at a boar, apparently without hitting it, from his position in a watchtower to one side of the hunting area.

Wanting to warn his hunting mate, who was reportedly stationed in another watchtower a few hundred metres away, the man called out but heard no reply, and so went to look for him.

He then reportedly found the man lying on the ground, with his rifle at his side.

The shooter, another man in his 60s, was taken into custody but released a day later, and claims that he only ever shot at the “defined angles” allowed in the hunting area.

Investigators are this morning (Sunday February 18) set to use lasers to research the angles of the shots made, alongside research on the ground next to the dead man’s watchtower, in an attempt to judge how he fell, as well as find the bullet that killed him.

An autopsy on the dead man is expected early next week.

The man’s death is only the latest in a number of tragedies seen during animal hunts in recent months; in September 2017, a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot dead by his grandfather on a hunting trip, and a 57-year-old man was killed on a hunt in the Alpes-Maritimes, while in November, a man who acted as a hunt beater – helping to flush out stag for others to hunt – was gored by a young stag.

Radioactive boars running wild around Fukushima nuclear reactors are being shot

An Animal Rights Article from


CLG News
April 2016

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Communities in northern Japan are being overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars which are rampaging across the countryside after being contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The animals’ numbers are increasing as the boar breed unhindered in the exclusion zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, and they are causing damage to farms well beyond the area poisoned by radiation.

Hunters are shooting the boars as fast as they can, but local cities are running out of burial space and incinerator capacity to dispose of their corpses.

Hunter Mistakes Car For Wild Boar And Kills Driver

A short-sighted hunter who shot a car driver dead and wounded his passenger after bizarrely mistaking them for wild pigs is facing 5 years in jail.

Zbigniew Kowalski, 60, from the town of Leczyca in central Poland, had been out hunting in a nearby forest when he spotted the car containing victims Lukasz Nowakowski, 21, who survived, and Josef Kuchar, 23, who later died.

Mistaking the car for a wild boar he had let off a volley of shots, hitting Kuchar in the neck and Nowakowski in the chest.

Prosecutor Krzystof Kopania said: “The two men were wounded, but the driver Josef Kuchar, who later died, managed to drive them both to his home where his parents immediately called an ambulance.

“But by the time he got to hospital it was too late.

“We identified the hunter, he was immediately detained and he confirmed that he had mistakenly shot at the car. He realised his mistake when the ‘wild boar’ started its engine and drove off, but because whoever had driven off had clearly been alive he assumed he had missed the vehicle.”

Kowalsk later said he had not called police as a result and had carried on hunting. It was only when police cars turned up that and he was questioned by officers did he realise he had indeed hit somebody in the car.

Police confirmed that he will now be charged with manslaughter.