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We Share Our Territory With British Big Cats

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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 cats.

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 territory.”

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.

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 02:41 PM
Cool for the cats. They are beautiful creatures.

It might not be a good idea to get out of your vehicle and chase after one.

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 02:43 PM
a reply to: BlueAjah

I feel it was probably the stupidest thing I've ever done.

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 02:51 PM
a reply to: Kester

We learn from experience

Sometimes those experiences become adventures to look back on. If we survive them.

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 03:13 PM
Hello ATS...ers ... i have a mate that drives a truck for a living and showed me some pictures he took (i need to get them on my pc) anyway it looked like a black leopard ? it was by a hedged wall on a country lane. He could not believe what he was seeing.. but there you have it... we definitely have large black cats of some description roaming about.

I will ask my mate if he has the pics and upload here at some point.

All the best folks

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 03:20 PM
a reply to: Kester
I wonder if the foxes outside of urban areas watch their backs a bit more than their rural cousins.
Fox would make an easy snak for sure

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 03:44 PM
When they changed the law on wild animals a lot of people basically dumped their animals as the paperwork became a pain unless you ran a zoo and given they was seen as a sign of money by the London set its not really a surprise that theres more running around at that area.

The original cats would of to a point been 'house trained' and been used to like the average kitty being around humans but a couple of generations at least they just see us as something to be afraid of or prey.

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 06:01 PM
a reply to: Kester

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

The cats might not feel like sharing territory though, it's kind of up to them...

I'm glad Canada is so big. We have thousands of puma, the US west coast as well. I'm really happy they're out there, but I never want to meet one

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 06:41 PM
Why is big cat information withheld, manipulated, heavily monitors-for what purpose and by who
Why would anyone orchestrate a cover up?

posted on Jul, 29 2018 @ 11:30 PM
a reply to: Raggedyman

Fear of the unknown.

Escapes and releases account for some of the unusual cats in the British countryside. The big problem with that explanation is the number of black leopard sightings. There were never enough black leopards in captivity to account for the number of recent sightings. There must be other factors.

Acknowledging an indigenous population makes a mockery of the classification of the natural world. Book-learning would be exposed as ignorance. Zoologists would be laughed at in the street. Science would collapse. The cult of great men would be dealt a mortal blow.

The cult of great men, a continuation of the medieval veneration of kings and saints . . . .

The scientific establishment would have to admit it made a very major mistake. When's that going to happen?

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