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Mystery Animal Killing Scottish Sheep

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Posted By Saruman on Sunday, November 10 2002

Subject: Mystery Animal Killing Scottish Sheep

Sheep farmers in the Kintyre peninsula are hunting for a mysterious animal that has killed more than 100 lambs in a just a few weeks. Locals believe a big cat, possibly a puma, could be responsible for the deaths, which have hit a number of farms near Campbeltown.

Stephen Jones farms 300 ewes in the southern part of the Kintyre peninsula. He and his wife Patricia, originally from Norfolk, decided to move to the area last year, attracted by the peace and solitude. But for the past six weeks, that tranquilty has been shattered by the slaughter of hundreds of lambs to an animal Stephen believes to be a big cat. He said: "Quite a few people have spotted something, and the way they've been killed, with their throats ripped out - it's not the way a fox or dog would kill."

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Scotland is vast and a pretty wild and unpopulated place. It is possible that a big cat might be hiding up there, but wild things don't usually kill more than they need to eat. 100 killings in that space of time is a pretty huge number.

Images from 'Dog Soldiers' spring to mind...

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Feral dogs do tend to attack and kill animals just for the pleasure of it. They don't resort back to killing for survival, I've seen a few lamb attacks on the farm I worked on. When the attack was from a large cat or coyote, the internal organs would be missing and the meat cleaned from the bones. But those that were attacked by wild dogs were knawed on and partially eaten or not even touched in some cases.

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