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Old 06 December 2013, 16:43   #1
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Big cat sightings in the UK.

Has anyone seen one or know of anyone who has, are sightings such as the beast of Bodmin fact or fiction... your thoughts.
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Old 06 December 2013, 16:58   #2
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Has anyone seen one or know of anyone who has, are sightings such as the beast of Bodmin fact or fiction... your thoughts.
Don't know about the Big Black Pathers..ie Leopards.. BUT! I can definitely confirm the SMALLER varietys DO exist Mate!..I saw (without doubt) a North American Lynx (The smallish one with Tufts on its ears).. early one morning after a Deer Stalking session at a place near me.. 'West Hatch' only 50-100 yrds away.. watched it amble along a Hedge totally unconcerned,and through through the Bino's...having Packed my Rifle in the Boot already!
talking later to the farmer he's seen them..yes them! plenty of times! So many Roe Deer around..and Dence cover living well would be no problem! My friend now shoots the same Farm and has seen loads of Tracks,but no sightings of late.
Oh and its NOT A CIDER FARM!
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This link might help to explain how they got out there.

BBC News | UK | Big cats prowl British countryside
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About 2001 , just here:-

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=glo...gl=uk&t=h&z=17

At 2am, on a midweek overnight parts run for Renault when their warehouse was in Swindon. 2 of us in the cab saw what I'm pretty sure now was a cougar for 2 consecutive days. It was VERY big, and didn't look at all bothered by the truck.
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Loads of Cougars round here but not the type your talking about
Isn't it strange though Tony that any pics or video footage of these beasts always appear to be Black Shadowy type images
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Big Cats

Certainly they are around. Having said that, a lot of sightings are of large domestics cats in open terrain where the observer has difficulty establishing scale.

I know one RIBnetter who has shot a Jaguarundi that was on the loose in the British Isles for many weeks, if not months. It's all a bit hush hush but I'm quite happy that it happened.

A second story, a friend of mine in Northern Ireland was walking through brush near his home (in a VERY isolated tree filled valley). As he approached a bush along his route, a deep growl emanated from it. He stopped, the growling increased. He engaged full astern and the bush calmed down. No sighting.
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As he approached a bush along his route, a deep growl emanated from it. He stopped, the growling increased. He engaged full astern and the bush calmed down.
That happens loads in Swindon
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That happens loads in Swindon
There is an alternative Big Cat thread running in the Bilges. You're very welcome to develop your theme down there
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There are two local creatures I am afraid of...first is the Great White Shark that happens to frequent our local dive waters, and the second are the mountain lions that also happen to frequent our local dive sites, just on the land side. They are both majestic creatures that deserve respect, and occasionally decide to take a taste of a person, but we are not their prey. Fortunately they are both protected and can not be harmed.

The hill, behind the house I grew up in, has the main ridge road aptly named, "Big Cat Trail". They are sometimes spotted in the area, and are well feed with all the deer and other creatures that abound.
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There are a couple of organisations that track big cat sightings in Sussex and place trailcams in woods.

No Mrs Slocombe jokes so far??
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