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The Latest Installment on Big Cats in the UK.

 
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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:40 am    Post subject: The Latest Installment on Big Cats in the UK.  Reply with quote

Our members have long held an interest in Big Cat sightings here in the UK. Over the years, we've had a numbers of threads on the topic and this is the latest installment on a subject that has the publics interest nationally.
It would appear to be a case of not this time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-16760593
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, the amount of calls each year we recieve regarding sightings of large cats has risen dramatically. They always seem to be at this time of year.

I remember going to one job where one lad who had turned white and could not stop shaking had thought he had seen one.

He was up at 6am and stood to the side of his driveway to warm his car up. It had snowed the night before, and whilst having a coffee and a cigarette he stated that a very large and long black looking cat pounced on top of his 7 foot brickwall. This wall leads down into the garden, then backs onto a very large wood. This cat then grabbed one of his own cats that was eating her food in the garden,  before leaping back over the wall, and ran into the woods.

I must say I did see some very large footprints like a cat's paw with good spacing in between each impression, however I did not see any large cat. Moulds were taken of the impressions and sent away. This was 4 years ago and nothing was heard from the specialists. 3 weeks later, on the off chance I went back to the same address and spoke to the male. He told me that his cat had not returned and has now placed CCTV all around his garden.

I wasn't allowed to keep the photos, but I can assure you they were very large indeed. It also makes me wonder why we had not heard from the researchers...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same disappearing evidence thing happened with our member dans, when one of her dexters was ripped to pieces.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right then ..... I am just going to have to go out and catch the damn thing then ...... anyone up for a mini adventure and a laugh or two with me?

My first sighting of a big Cat was around 22 years ago and about 5-6 miles from where I grew up and lived in Leicestershire: but Home Ales brand alcohol was involved and so it doesn't really count as a reliable sighting.

November 2003: A big cat presumably a Black Panther variety of a Leopard was run over on the A14 east bound, just passed the junction for the Village of Barrow. I was driving two of my best friends and my then 15 year old son to a fishing match just after dawn on a Sunday morning. What is unusual about this sighting is that a Suffolk Police 4X4 was in already attendance with two other men and an unmarked white Transit type van. One police officer held up the traffic (us and another lorry) while the second police officer and the two other men lifted the corpse from off the carriageway and into the back of the van. All four of us clearly saw the big cat and identified it as one due to the shape and size, and because it took 3 men to lift it. the cat had a body length of around 1-1.25 mtrs, a tail of just under a metre in length and judging by the effort of the 3 men lifting and carrying it, it weighed in the region of 60-70kgs

We pulled into the next lay-by and awaited the white van to pass us with the intention of following it to see where it went. A few minutes later it and the police 4X4 passed us and we began to follow it. We followed the van and police escort for about 20 miles into Cambridge, where we were pulled over by another Police patrol car and politely delayed with an on the spot vehicle check while the van and its original police escort carried on in the direction of the Cambridge Science Park.

My second sighting of a big cat was in October 2009. I was working for a company in Spooner Row, near Wyndham in Norfolk. 3 of us had snuck out of the workshop at around 3pm for a cheeky afternoon smoke and spotted a big cat in the meadow adjacent to the workshop. We were stood in a slightly elevated position about 2 metres higher than the meadow and the big cat was in clear view for several minutes at a distance of about 60-70 metres before it crossed the road and into nearby fields. It was estimated by all 3 of us to be considerably bigger than a large Rottweiler, and was identifiable as cat by having a constantly moving long prehensile tail. Other early morning and late evening dog walkers have also reported a similar big cat in the same vicinity (as recently as only one week ago).

Mikki and I have been working on a job in this area recently, and on occasion our dogs have been very agitated when they have been with us. 7 or 8 local dog walkers have mentioned seeing a big cat in the area, and of these we know 4 of them to reliable people.

Back in early September of last year, Lois, myself and our friend Mikki were walking our 3 dogs along a section of Marriots way between Lenwade and Whitwell steam preservation trust railway station.

Mikki has a completely nuts young Springerdor, and an older retired ex gun dog Springer Spaniel, and we had Oz our Collie with us. These three dogs tolerate each other, but don't exactly get on well together resulting in some snarling and snapping when in extremely close proximity to each other. They will wander and play together but if not controlled it can very quickly deteriorate into a scrap.

We had parked the cars at Lenwade and were walking towards the cafe at Whitwell station, when all three dogs became very alert and began acting and working as a co-ordinated pack: something they had never done before, or have done since! there was also an element of fear about all 3 of them something that we have never seen in them when they have been close to either Foxes, Badgers or Mink. This mini pack of our dogs put something large up into a tree, which after a snarl and loud hiss moved extremely quickly as it lept from the tree back to the ground and off through the brush. The dogs were reluctant to give chase; when they happen to put up a Muntjac or Roe Deer, a Fox or a Mink all 3 of them give chase immediately...... think of a situation along a similar line to Fenton! but reversed; the many chasing the one, rather than the one chasing the many

What is interesting about this incident, is that it occurred within 3 or 4 miles of what was a European Lynx breeding project with 30 or so breeding pairs of European Lynx that was closed down about 3 years ago, and was also not far from where the European Lynx was shot a few years ago by a game keeper near to Great Witchingham. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/4830320.stm
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lilwitedogs



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a young male cougar shot and killed in Chicago three or four years ago.  At first the story was that he must be a released pet, but DNA tests revealed that he had previously been nearly captured in Minnesota.  He'd been slightly injured and the blood sample was compared to the Chicago cat.

We've had them sighted here, too.  And of course the Fish and Wildlife guys insist that they don't exist and if they *do* exist, they are released pets.

Interesting how all the stories on big cats are treated the same way by the people who have not seen them, isn't it?  It's sort of like the Bigfoot sightings.  Without a dead body in evisdence,  they are myth.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are told that by the NR people here that there are no cougers in this area, so tell that to the farmers whose calves are taken, or lambs, or sheep, or whatever. We are also told there are no bears in this area right now, ok, so the bear I saw frequently last year about 1/2km from here, eating berries was a figment of my imagination, obviously....innit!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

c,
My parents had a bear try to den under a lake house they owned in southern Kentucky.  Fish and Wildlife denied there were bears in the area, despite people seeing them from boats out on the lake.

The next year, all of a sudden there was a big production over bears moving into southern Kentucky.

Amazing!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just thought I'd drag this one back up lol.

My brother lives in Worcester, he was out jogging a few weeks ago along the side River Severn when he happened across this.
DEFRA were very interested in it as was the farmer, the police said to on the look out for a big dog.

My brother inspected the body he says the neck was broken and it had large puncture wounds in the neck too.










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