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DNA tests to solve mystery of big cats

Posted on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 | Comment icon 60 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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DNA tests are to be carried out in the UK to determine once and for all if big cats exist in the wild.

The test will be conducted on the remains of a deer thought to have been killed by a large predatory cat. The 'alien big cats' phenomenon has endured for decades in Britain with sightings and reports of large cats such as panthers in a country to which such animals are not native. "Although people occasionally report a possible big cat from a distance, close up encounters with such cats are rare," said National Trust ranger David Armstrong. "Their hearing and movement are exceptional, which helps them avoid close contact with people."

"Dr Robin Allaby, Associate Professor at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick has visited the kill site to examine the evidence and take DNA samples from the wounds of the roe deer to be tested."

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Comment icon #51 Posted by turn on tune in on 12 February, 2012, 0:35
in the 90's a puma was trapped and caught in scotland. 2 dead linx, 1 shot by a farmer after killing 3 of his sheep, 1 road kill, i have the articles somewhere will try to find them to be more precise.
Comment icon #52 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 12 February, 2012, 1:07
There has been enough evidence imo to already tell that there are wild cats in Britain, but DNA would be nice too.
Comment icon #53 Posted by turn on tune in on 12 February, 2012, 18:36
a new video from stroud in gloucester was released this week showing without doubt a 30 sec clip of the black cat. from head to tail it was estimated at 6ft long.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Timonthy on 13 February, 2012, 9:21
a new video from stroud in gloucester was released this week showing without doubt a 30 sec clip of the black cat. from head to tail it was estimated at 6ft long. From the way they estimated the size it looks like it could just be a large feral cat. Here is a link to the article 'Six-foot Big Cat captured on video'.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Timonthy on 13 February, 2012, 10:06
And here is the update: 'No big cat DNA found on Woodchester deer' Edit: The culprit - a fox.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Oppono Astos on 13 February, 2012, 12:17
From the way they estimated the size it looks like it could just be a large feral cat. Here is a link to the article 'Six-foot Big Cat captured on video'. Yep, that's the one with the reconstruction with the giant human who can hardly reach down to touch the model cat...
Comment icon #57 Posted by Timonthy on 13 February, 2012, 12:54
Yep, that's the one with the reconstruction with the giant human who can hardly reach down to touch the model cat... Well he does look like he's carrying around a few extra pounds but calling him giant is a little insensitive! Probably one of the reasons he can't bend down so well too... In all seriousness, in this video he does model the scale in a fairly reliable way - and doesn't look unreasonably big. The stills from the video with the model cat just look a bit weird.
Comment icon #58 Posted by Oppono Astos on 13 February, 2012, 16:48
Well he does look like he's carrying around a few extra pounds but calling him giant is a little insensitive! Probably one of the reasons he can't bend down so well too... In all seriousness, in this video he does model the scale in a fairly reliable way - and doesn't look unreasonably big. The stills from the video with the model cat just look a bit weird. If that's a representation of the alleged big cat, why does it only come up to below his knee height? Either he's a 12' giant (unlikely) or that's a domestic cat (more likely).
Comment icon #59 Posted by Timonthy on 14 February, 2012, 2:27
If that's a representation of the alleged big cat, why does it only come up to below his knee height? Either he's a 12' giant (unlikely) or that's a domestic cat (more likely). Because it is a representation of the cat from the video and therefore is not a very big cat at all.
Comment icon #60 Posted by BrianPotter on 15 February, 2012, 9:42
I thnk if you ask most 'country folk'...of which im one....its more a matter of how many and not if....the deer that sparked this debate was taken down by some feline...no fox...foxxy woxxy does not take a prey as large as a deer by the throat unless its a really big fox...you are talking about a 2-3 ft deer here...little foxxy couldnt do that imo...i love foxes btw


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