Big Cat Killer: Dentist Arrested After Illegally Slaughtering ‘1,000 Protected Jaguars in Sick Hunting Spree’


Hunter Temistocles Barbosa Freire was the longest-serving member of a gang of seven poachers who have been busted by cops in Brazil. Disturbing pictures show Freire carrying a dead jaguar on his back as a trophy while hunting dogs surround him.

 A gang of seven poachers have been busted by cops in Brazil after killing thousands of animals including jaguars

Reports state the dentist is believed to have illegally slaughtered at least 1,000 jaguars since 1987. He was arrested along with six other poachers by Brazilian police in the north-western state of Acre. The gang has been accused of killing thousands of endangered animals including jaguars, capybara, collared peccary and red brocket deer.

The other men have been named as doctor Doria de Lucena Junior, Sinezio Adriano de Oliveira, farmer Gilvan Souza Nunes and prison officer Gisleno Jose Oliveira de Araujo Sa. Electrician Manoel Alves de Oliveira, Sebastiao Junior de Oliveira Costa and Reginaldo Ribeiro da Silva were also arrested.

 Reports state that in the three months the police monitored the gang they killed eight jaguars

Reports state that in the three months the police monitored the gang they killed eight jaguars, 13 capybaras, 10 collared peccaries and two deer. The gang are said to have used the sound of the cuica, a high-pitched Brazilian friction drum, to attract the jaguars. Reports state the gang could face prison sentences and fines if found guilty, depending on their exact participation in the crimes.

 Dentist Temistocles Barbosa Freire was the longest-serving member of the gang

The jaguar is the largest cat in Latin America. They are listed as “Near Threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. All international trade in jaguars or their body parts is prohibited. Hunting jaguars is prohibited in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, the US and Venezuela.

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