Leopard and puma bodies among illegal collection of stuffed animals seized in Spain

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SICK HAUL: Included the heads of bears, wolf, lynx and buffalo as well as the entire bodies of a leopard and a puma. Photo credit; Guardia Civil

SPANISH police are investigating a collector of stuffed animals that includes the heads of bears, wolf, lynx and buffalo as well as the entire bodies of a leopard and a puma.

The haul also included an endangered Hawksbill turtle, four elephant tusks and carved ivory figures at an address in Sevilla in southern Spain.

The Guardia Civil has charged a person with an alleged crime related to the protection of wildlife, without the required documentation that proves their origin and legal possession.

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The nature protection service (SEPRONA) of the Guardia Civil found the collection in the garage of the collector’s house

There was also a collection of corals and shells.

The collector claimed that the purchases were made in markets and small businesses during their holidays in some towns on the Andalucian coast, as well as through Internet pages and advertisements.

The investigation remains open and further actions are not ruled out.

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