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Old 07 December 2013, 11:52   #11
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Back to reality yes I've seen a "big cat" dunno what it was, but it weren't a domestic pussy cat. I had to stop & let it stroll across the road in front of me one morning around 6am on the Stocksbridge by pass (A616) I called in at the local nick & reported it & the Bobby on duty (yes a real copper in a real police station, how quaint) His reply was "Oh aye! we know about that, it's been reported loads of times, thanks anyway" The beast I saw was about the size of a large dog & mousy blond in colour with a long tail.
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The interesting thing is that like you pikey ,nearly all of the reported sightings mention the very long tail.
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This was the largest Bobcat I have ever seen and was about the size of a Labrador dog. (Our Mountain Lions get far bigger.) The bears get even bigger but are less of a threat than a big cat.

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Old 07 December 2013, 15:50   #14
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Reckon the signs will be going up next
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Old 07 December 2013, 16:05   #15
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That ^ is in the South of San Francisco area. I live North of the Bay and we have similar signs around our parks, but they look like this.


Taken at our local mountain biking spot Annadel State Park.


Why would anyone call in a cat sighting? They are a fairly common animal around here, and have been seen since the beginning of human settlement here.
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Why would anyone call in a cat sighting? They are a fairly common animal around here, and have been seen since the beginning of human settlement here.
Because we ain't supposed to have any over here except in a zoo.
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Because we ain't supposed to have any over here except in a zoo.
So what you are saying is, it would be kinda like us spotting a Saber Tooth Tiger here?
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So what you are saying is, it would be kinda like us spotting a Saber Tooth Tiger here?
No, more like a kangaroo....

Everyone knows sabre tooths are extinct
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So what you are saying is, it would be kinda like us spotting a Saber Tooth Tiger here?
Over years of travelling through less deprived parts of the globe, I have had great difficulty convincing others of just how benign the, ahem, islands comprising Great Britain and Ireland are. You can wander into the woods (if you can find any) and lay down and the worst thing that can happen to you fauna wise is a few midge or tick bites. Ireland is the most benign of them all (no snakes). Our countryside is harmless.
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Our ticks can carry Lyme disease (My neighbor got it), and we have lots of Rattle Snakes. Stay away from California as EVERYTHING wants to eat or bite you

I keep getting stung by the dang yellow jackets. Fortunately we have a skunk that has been cleaning their nests out.
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