DNA test on hunting trophy
I recently shot a rooikat in SA. I brought it to a taxidermist in SA and received it last week. It was in a very bad shape and immediately i felt that there was something wrong with it. The whiskers were missing, the hair on the tip of one ear was replaced by pig hair and a drop of glue and lots of other details. I went to a famous dutch taxidermist and all three very experienced taxidermists told me that this was a (very) old trophy and 100% sure not a fresh one. I confronted the taxidermist in SA with this and i got an email in which he started threatening me with his laywer, firearms office, customs, police and almost anything he could think of. A very mean email with lots of threats. I wrote to him suggesting him that he also should tell Santa Claus so i would not get any presents this year but in essence, this is not funny.
European hunters normally pay big money and save a long time to hunt in Africa and my trophies are priceless to me, and i will enjoy them for the rest of my life. The rooikat was a very special story shot on a hunting farm of a man who is almost a friend of me after 5 times hunting with him, so it is very special to me.
Since i will be back in SA in april, i want to be 110% sure that the man is lying. I was thinking of doing a DNA test on the trophy, for instance to see whether it was male or female. I have the gender on picture so if the cat is not the sexe as the one i shot, i'm even more sure. He will always state that my experts are lying etc.....
Or is there another hunter who knows a way to test when a trophy was stuffed, or a way to compare it to the pictures and state whether it is the same animal or not. Any help is appreciated.
I also wrote TASA and they are looking into it, cause i personally think that switching of trophies wil scare away European hunters from Africa. I shot a mouflon last weekend in Germany but i'm a 100% sure that it is my trophy, cause we put it in the back of my car and i delivered it personally to my taxidermist.
Thanks for helping me,