A North Ft. Myers woman found a headless boar on the side of Barrett Road between Pondella and Pine Island Roads.
“It looked like the head had been bludgeoned off with some blunt weapon, be it an ax,” said Haley Bistline.
Bistline called the sheriffs's office which had the carcass removed, but this isn't the first time she's encountered a headless animal, most recently at her complex at Pondella and Barrett roads.
“We did a find severed goat head in our parking lot. I didn't report it at the time, because I am aware of Santeria practices in the area, but finding this boar today, it's a little bit more disturbing."
Santeria is a religion which involves animal sacrifices, and this isn't the first time the remains of decapitated animals have been found in Lee County.
In 2017, a Cape Coral woman found a goat head in her yard. Two headless goats and a chicken were also discovered a few days earlier.
“I feel that people have the freedom of their religion, and I try to stay neutral. I wish they didn't, but if they do, I wish they wouldn't leave it out here for the world to see it."
With both farms and apartment complexes located close to the where the boar was found, Haley is worried about kids stumbling upon a carcass.
“I don't think any of the children have seen anything, fortunately, but it's becoming very common in this region, enough for me to be concerned about it.”
Officials warn that large dead animals could attract vultures, and predators like foxes and panthers.