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Police called over UK black panther sighting

By T.K. Randall
July 22, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments

Is there a panther on the loose near Bolton ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rute Martins
Authorities were notified after a large black creature was spotted chasing deer in North West England.
The 'alien big cats' phenomenon, which concerns sightings of large predatory cats roaming the British countryside, has generated a great deal of intrigue and debate over the years.

There can be little doubt that these animals exist as, in addition to evidence such as footprints and mutilated livestock, big cats have even been captured alive in the UK on more than one occasion.

Many researchers believe that the presence of these animals can be primarily attributed to exotic pet owners deliberately releasing them in to the wild, something that became a lot more common following the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act in 1976.
The most recent incident, which occurred on Wednesday, saw police officers being called out near Radcliffe to investigate reports of a large black cat chasing deer in the local area.

No trace of the creature could be found, however from a description provided by the witness it appeared as though it may have been a panther - a particularly large and dangerous cat.

"Remember to check your doors and windows before you go to bed," the police department wrote in a tongue-in-cheek Tweet. "We wouldn't like you to be a victim of burglars or black panthers."

Source: Bolton News | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ExoPaul 8 years ago
Funnily enough there was a report yesterday on the Beast of Bodmin (another black cat that roamed the moors), and it is believed in the report that the creature that was sited many times was an escaped Panther that had broke out of captivity in the 90's and managed to survive until around the 2000's when a particularly bad winter hit the country and sightings of it seemed to stop. They believe it had been living on wildlife and avoiding detection apart from the odd sighting until it died of possibly hypothermia in that cold winter.
Comment icon #2 Posted by fightzone 8 years ago
as a resident of florida i can personally gurantee it wasnt a black panther. could have been a cougar. black panthers are a myth. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by SSilhouette 8 years ago
My son and his friend when they were around 15 both saw a black panther in the woods on a camping trip.  They were playing on a fallen tree and when it hopped down an embankment and ran by them at close range, it scared his friend so much that he fell off the tree and directly into a huge patch of poison oak underneath.  This made the occasion memorable for them because the boy had to go to the hospital for shots because he got such a horrible rash from the incident.  This was in the Oregon area.
Comment icon #4 Posted by fightzone 8 years ago
my mistake. their is no such thing as a black florida panther. all the cougars, leopards, and jaguars can be black
Comment icon #5 Posted by SSilhouette 8 years ago
This one may have been a black mountain lion.  I suppose it's possible?
Comment icon #6 Posted by fightzone 8 years ago
some years back they decided the panthers mitochondrial dna was close to that of cougars, leopards, and jaguars. they decided to use the term panther as an umbrella term for 32 different cats. their are approximately 80 real panthers left in the wild in south florida. it is the most endangered mammal on earth
Comment icon #7 Posted by ouija ouija 8 years ago
Black panthers, pffft! We have a lion on the loose here in Cornwall(UK), at the moment.  

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