Swedish authorities are seeking a suspected poacher who has been killing animals, but keeping only their heads. The suspect leaves behind the headless bodies of the animals he shoots.
The incidents have been occurring in the southern region of Sweden in the Ystad municipality, reported The Local. Swedish authorities, however, are perplexed as to who is committing these appalling acts. So far three animals have been found decapitated and officials think the same person has shot each one.
Police have found a wild boar, a red deer and a roe deer. Who killed these animals illegally and left them behind has authorities baffled, but they appear to believe these are not isolated incidents.
“As the hunting occurred in the same area there is reason to suspect a connection. But it’s usually hard to find out who is responsible,” said Ystad police spokesperson Hasse Persson to the local Skånska Dagbladetnewspaper (via The Local). “We have not had something like this before, where the poacher only takes the trophy.”
So far no other media reports have surfaced to elaborate on this case or report any additional instances.
Digital Journal reported last year on a prominent issue regarding the poaching of wolves in Sweden, a species of which became threatened. This led to licenses being halted, but some claimed this motion was an "attempt to fool the European Commission".
For more information on hunting in Sweden, you can visit this page which outlines the country's policies and procedures.