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DNA tests to solve mystery of big cats


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:19 PM

www.telegraph.co.uk said:

The National Trust has ordered DNA tests on a deer mauled by a savage predator to finally prove whether big cats prowl the British countryside.

There have been thousands of reports of big cats across the UK but most are a fleeting glimpse caught by a member of the public.

The most definitive evidence that has been gathered so far are images on mobile phone cameras or blurry video.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:55 PM

I think when all is said and done. We'll find out that the big cats are ill advised released captive cats. People will always be irresponsible when dealing with the natural balance.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:42 AM

There are many WALLABIES thriving in the wild in UK. So escaped big cats could be around,probably not breeding pairs because they are rare


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 01:37 PM

I used to work on a cow farm in a small place called lathom in lancashire their was a panther roaming around their i saw it several times, 2 times i was within 50 feet of it, so i could tell it was deffinately a big cat.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

I think there is enough evidence to suggest that Big Cats (be they Panthers or Lynx) are out there in the wilds of England. Some of the reports from Forest Rangers are sufficient to think there might be a very small breeding poulation, my guess would be Bodmin - very remote, lots of sheep and deer even in winter to sustain a small group.

Lynx may never have become extinct in the first place... I do not see any evidence that this has ocurred..


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

They exist.
I have seen one.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:15 PM

View Postmushymopman, on 12 January 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

I used to work on a cow farm in a small place called lathom in lancashire their was a panther roaming around their i saw it several times, 2 times i was within 50 feet of it, so i could tell it was deffinately a big cat.

I've seen them here in Lancashire too.

It wouldnt surprise me if they have been here since we discovered the Americas. I dont think the Romans new about them.

Edited by Mr Right Wing, 12 January 2012 - 08:15 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:26 PM

View Postkeithisco, on 12 January 2012 - 05:28 PM, said:


Lynx may never have become extinct in the first place... I do not see any evidence that this has ocurred..

When were lynx ever considered to be extinct?  :blink:


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:21 PM

The wilds of England? It's getting harder and harder to find a patch of grass that isn't either being used to grow rape seed or being built on for housing...


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:55 AM

In Scotland there are WILD CATS .I dont know much about them,but they are larger than domestic.MMaybe you saw one of those cats.


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:35 AM

View PostTheSpoonyOne, on 12 January 2012 - 09:21 PM, said:

The wilds of England? It's getting harder and harder to find a patch of grass that isn't either being used to grow rape seed or being built on for housing...


Hmmm...you should come up and walk around the dales and penines ...lots of free open space and all you usually meet are sheep and cows.

Edited by BrianPotter, 13 January 2012 - 06:37 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:42 AM

I think the biggest surprise nowadays is that people still think that big cats are NOT in the UK.If big cats were released and a male and a female did meet and breed,what native predator would they have to fear...?...man is all i can think of and maybe a fox...badgers do eat small mammals occasionally...not much in the grand scheme of things really.Plus it isnt like we dont have any food for them to eat...rabbits,sheep,deer,game birds...perfect settings for a big cat to thrive IMO

Edited by BrianPotter, 13 January 2012 - 06:48 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

Abig cat would have to kill maybe every other day. There would be much evidence of freshly killed animals. Sheep would be easy prey.So I have doubts about this topic


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

Abig cat would have to kill maybe every other day. There would be much evidence of freshly killed animals. Sheep would be easy prey.So I have doubts about this topic


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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:10 AM

View Postangi chiesa, on 13 January 2012 - 08:32 AM, said:

Abig cat would have to kill maybe every other day. There would be much evidence of freshly killed animals. Sheep would be easy prey.So I have doubts about this topic


They will kill mostly everyday but small kills....who takes note of rabbit carcasses(if anythings left at all).We have millions of rabbits all over the place and thats without mentioning other small mammals,game birds and foxes even.We even have packs of wild boar here now due to releases(Dartmoor especially) .My whippets can catch and kill rabbits(which i dont like but its nature) and game birds....one even catches blackbirds....so a big cat would have no trouble for food.Sheep,deer may just be a chance kill so you wouldn't expect them to be on the menu everyday.I kid you not but if i go off with my dogs in the fields and hills,its a rare day if i DONT see some form of carcass or kill,be it from whatever.





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