A TROPHY hunter has been shot dead in a freak accident, shortly after killing a lion as part of a controversial ‘canned hunting’ expedition. The 75 year-old from Croatia had a second big cat in his sights when he was fatally injured at a remote farm in South Africa. Pero Jelinic had travelled to the country’s North West province with two friends to hunt the cats ‘to complete his extensive trophy collection’ when he was struck by the bullet. According to a close friend and passionate fellow hunter, the hotelier from the island of Pag, coveted the head of a lion ‘to crown his rich hunting career’ and had leased his hotel to devote his time to fulfill his dream. The property where Saturday’s killing took place keeps lions in captivity purely to be hunted as trophies in a ‘sport’ that has been widely condemned.