Brazilian Dentist Arrested for Allegedly Killing Over 1000 Jaguars

October 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm

As jaguars fight harder than ever for survival, this man and his gang of poachers have allegedly killed more than 1000 in the last thirty years, according to a police investigation

Brazilian authorities have busted a gang of poachers who they believe are responsible for killing thousands of endangered animals, including jaguars, capybara, collared peccary and red brocket deer.

The ring leader of the 7-member gang appears to be a dentist named Temistocles Barbosa Freire.

Police wiretapped and monitored photos and videos on the men’s cell phones for three months before making the arrests.

In just those three months, police say they witnessed the men kill eight jaguars, 13 capybaras, 10 hounds and two deer.

But further investigation revealed the group has quietly killed thousands of endangered animals since 1987, including over 1000 jaguars.

The jaguar is the largest cat in Latin America and is listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which means all international trade of jaguars or their body parts is illegal.

Among the other men arrested was a doctor, a worker in the Judicial Branch and a prison officer.

The Brazilian Federal Court has opened criminal cases of illegal hunting against all seven men, who face prison time if found guilty.