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Mystery 'large predator' kills sheep in England

By T.K. Randall
January 9, 2021 · Comment icon 10 comments

Is there a large cat on the loose in Cheshire ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rute Martins
A rural crime team has been investigating a spate of unexplained sheep deaths at a farm in Cheshire.
According to reports, officers visited the farm after several sheep were attacked and killed by an unidentified carnivorous animal earlier this week.

"Today PCSO Smith and myself have attended a triple sheep killing in Marton, Salterswall, Winsford district," PC Moss of the Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team wrote on Facebook.

"This attack occurred overnight from around 9pm yesterday (7th) and 8:30am today(8th). One sheep and two lambs, killed near the farmhouse with the rest of the flock unharmed. "

"There are some extremely unusual elements in the case and a thorough investigation is currently underway to establish the full circumstances."
The case follows on from the deaths of several sheep at another nearby farm last week, prompting concerns that there could be a large animal on the loose, possibly an exotic big cat.

"The area has very little human interaction and at the moment the thought is very much on a larger predator and not as initially thought, a dog attack," the police wrote at the time.

"On speaking to the farmer they confirmed a sighting some years ago of a very large black cat type animal not a million miles from this location."

Sightings of large predatory cats have persisted across the British Isles for years. While it has long been suspected that a population of these animals has been roaming the countryside, conclusive evidence of their existence in the UK has been thin on the ground.

These latest sheep deaths however may be just the proof authorities have been looking for.

Source: Cheshire Live | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Let some sheeps loose at the same place and put hunting camera... Successfull hunting usually brings the predator back for more.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
"A larger predator than a dog": A very BIG dog!  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
The Beast of Bodmin Moor?  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
Well, for those who are confused.. A long time ago I was sweeping a large parking lot in Zoetermeer (the Netherlands). Why was I sweeping? That's because I had taken a left turn, instead of a right turn... Nevermind. But while I was sweeping, I saw TWO of these monsters running straight at me. I can tell you, I thought it was my final hour. But I froze on the spot, didn't even blink, and waited. Then I heard a woman shout to the dogs, ordered them to stop. And they did. This brand of dogs I will never forget.        
Comment icon #6 Posted by openozy 3 years ago
  Slightly photoshopped but I can see your fear.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
If the carcasses weren't fed on, it was, probably, a pack of dogs. Happens here in sheep country.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
Yeah, I had to cut the edges of the original photo or else it would have been too large to post here.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Nobu 3 years ago
I agree... cats make completely different attack marks. And what else would be there? Not wolves so yeah... a pack of dogs would be my bet as well.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
THERE has been another sighting of a mystery beast on Halkyn Mountain - and this time the witness says it may have attacked three lambs. The witness reported seeing a “large, thick-furred” animal stalking a herd of sheep on the community scrubland on the evening of January 6. He said the sheep, which are in lamb, began to act strangely and started to run before he saw what he believes could have been a big cat moving along the tree line. When he returned to the scene two hours later, he says, he found three dead lambs with "huge bite marks". Full story at Leader Live: Link

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