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Big cat sightings are on the rise in the UK


Posted on Sunday, 27 July, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments

Large cats are believed to roam the British Isles. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rute Martins
Evidence suggests that the 'Beast of Bodmin' is not only surviving but thriving in the wilds of Britain.
A 19-year-old student this week caught on camera the strongest indication yet that alien big cats, such as pumas and panthers, are continuing to survive in the British countryside.

Henry Warren had been taking pictures in a field near his home in Cornwall when he encountered a large cat that leapt out in front of him. The incident occurred just 45 miles from Bodmin Moor where sightings of an infamous cat-like creature have been reported for years.

"I was taking pictures of our new house when I saw something run across the field and in front of my lens," he said. "It was absolutely massive and was hoping up and down like a large cat. There's no way it could have been fox, a dog or anything else like that."

The British Big Cat Society has confirmed that there has been a growing body of evidence to show that these creatures are very much alive and well in the British Isles.

"Photographs, pawprints and fur samples have long-shown that big cats live in parts of Britain," said a spokesman. "Recent figures provide real evidence that big cat sightings are on the increase which is very exciting."

Warren's photograph of the cat can be viewed - here.

Source: Cornish Guardian | Comments (32)

Tags: Alien Big Cat, Beast of Bodmin


 
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Comment icon #23 Posted by Troublehalf on 28 July, 2014, 20:35
Except there has been plenty of evidence. Not only have people ADMITTED releasing Big Cats into the Wild, but there have been corpses of deer and sheep with teeth marks that match big cats. So, this "shred of scientific evidence" does exist, just cause you don't think it does, doesn't mean it doesn't. Plenty of reports out there, feel free to do some actual research, rather than spouting opinion.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Oppono Astos on 29 July, 2014, 5:53
It wasn't just single animals that were released post-1976, but pairs, so breeding was possible - continuation from these is the question; such predators certainly would have a niche in the environment as man had removed apex predators from the UK ecology. Given that people regularly dump unwanted domestic animals I have little doubt that unwanted exotics are still being released/dumped into the wild, and which will account for some contemporary sightings.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Dewlanna on 29 July, 2014, 9:45
It's a fox in summercoat - they tend to lose the big bushy tail in spring/summer..
Comment icon #26 Posted by 95-Nasty on 29 July, 2014, 14:10
I live near Dartmoor and although ive never see a 'Big Cat' before, i know a few people who have. They are out there and generally see you before you see them.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Oppono Astos on 29 July, 2014, 14:33
There is a Native American saying - if you see a wolf he will have seen you a thousand times - that is probably applicable to most apex predators
Comment icon #28 Posted by 95-Nasty on 29 July, 2014, 14:35
I like that.
Comment icon #29 Posted by SaraT on 29 July, 2014, 22:28
I've wondered about the "beast of Bodmin" for some time. Some photos look like those of a large black domestic cat, but some others look a little more convincing to me.
Comment icon #30 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 29 July, 2014, 22:30
It's a guy in a suit.. *Meow
Comment icon #31 Posted by skookum on 6 August, 2014, 10:03
I have spoken to quite a few investigators after my experience. Even in Sussex there have been many credible sightings, over the 10 years well over a hundred. What is more interesting is the evidence collected which isn't reported to the media. Farmers often prefer to remain very quiet on this subject. They regularly find livestock butchered, much of which is probably down to dog attacks. However there are the ones that show the tell-tale signs of big cats. The animal has been attacked from behind and has puncture wounds around the neck along with deep claw lacerations. Farmers do... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by QuiteContrary on 8 August, 2014, 19:18
I have no thoughts on whether Britain has any Big cats roaming about, I've never looked into it, but I've no doubt exotic pets have been released there just like anywhere else. But this animal in the article looks odd to me. It has an incredibly long tail for a house cat, and cougars do have noticeably long tails, but idk something is odd about it. Maybe it is just the way the light and shadows play on the body?


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