Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 06:32 PM
They believe the problem came about in the 1970ís when a new law was passed for private owners being able to hold onto dangerous animals. Because the new laws were strict and stated that anyone holding dangerous animals without a permit would be heavily fined or imprisoned. Soon after there was many sightings, because the owners couldnít adhere to the stick rules or afford the fines, so they released the animals into the wild, rather than be found holding them. An old friend of mine was actually in the British newspapers about 4-5 years ago, because he was on Dartmoor, and he spotted an injured full grown lion!!! He followed it in his car, and blocked it into a car park (mad I know) while reporting his location to police, and soon they arrived with a trained handler who tranquillised the lion. Because they are born in captivity, most canít fend for themselves. But like all animals they adapt, hence the attacks of sheep! But I believe there now to be offspring from these original animals out there, these have been born and raised in the wild, and are more weary and adapt at killing prey!
Doesn't the abundance of BLACK panther type big cats strike anyone as being rather odd ? Black cats are exceptionally rare in the world, and yet it seems that the majority of sightings of these cats in the UK involve black panthers. How is this possible ? Were a large number of "1970's pets" actually black ? If not, then where does this leave the "pets released into the wild" theory ?
Is it possible that these cats have always been here ?