posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 02:33 PM
Britain had a sparse population of indigenous black leopards that bred with other black leopards imported by the Romans. Gradually this population
built up. New prey populations of rabbits, smaller deer and domestic cats along with a reduction in shooting helped the recent big cat population
explosion. Improved lighting and more road traffic led to more sightings.
An increasing human population looking for re-connection with nature is walking about the countryside at all times of day. The pressure is on for the
Are we going to follow the script and cast ourselves as outsiders intruding on their territory?
June 30, 4am: “At the Bracelands Campsite, a man walked about a mile out of the site and into the Forest of Dean to smoke a cigarette and
see some deer. Suddenly a big black cat the size of a Rottweiler growled at him. It started chasing him, but only about 10 yards. The man ran all the
way back to the tent. He had encroached on the cat’s
Definition of encroach in English:
Intrude on a person's territory, rights, personal life, etc.
Advance gradually beyond usual or acceptable limits.
Obtain unlawfully, seize.
This is exactly the area I camp in. I know I share it with cats. I've seen a lynx and heard a larger cat here. I've seen black leopards and heard
puma elsewhere from Devon to Scotland, I know how common they are. I know there are black leopards sharing this territory with me. I do not
'encroach' upon their territory. We share territory.
I see this as dangerous brainwashing, suggesting we don't belong here.
One time I chased after a big cat in Woodchester. I ducked down and looked through a hole in a wall it had just passed through. It was three in the
morning and all I could see was the silhouette of the vegetation against the sky.
I turned and started walking back to the van I'd just jumped out of. Halfway back the terror struck me. My brain was sparking and it was all I could
do to carry on walking normally when everything was telling me to run.
When my hand touched the door handle I lost control. I opened the door, jumped in, and shut the door like it was an Olympic sport. I know what it's
like to be scared by a big cat in Gloucestershire and I'm not surprised he ran back to his tent.
Sharing territory can be scary, but it is sharing.
There is no doubt that the subject of British Big Cats is heavily monitored and manipulated. The language is not a mistake. We do not encroach on this
island. This is ours.