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A big black cat has been sighted on several occasions throughout the district (Ayrshire) . This week it was seen again on the same Galston farm where it was spotted two months ago. At 4am the lady of the house woke to the incessant barking of her dogs. On looking out of her window, she saw a large black cat preening itself on the grass verge near her lane.
At the beginning of July a large black cat was seen in a garden at Darvel. The family's normally brave Alsatian first ran towards the animal but stopped dead in its tracks and returned to the female witness. At this, the large cat casually stood up and loped away into fields towards the old railway line. There were scratches on a tree there and hair samples and a fragment of claw or tooth have been taken.
Said by experts to be an adult female puma - possibly pregnant - it was caught on camera in the St Austell area of Cornwall. Behind it, seemingly curled in a ball, there appears to be another big cat which, from its markings, may be a cub.
The creature's paw prints and droppings were also discovered at the same time on a local beach. The tracks came from a rocky outcrop which can only be reached from an extremely steep cliff.
For years reported sightings, mysterious footprints and slaughtered livestock across the Westcountry, have fired the imagination of people worldwide. Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin have all been credited with having their own "beast", but experts agree there is nothing mythical about these animals.
They are, most likely, large cats released into the wild following the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act in the 1970s, which imposed new restrictions on the keeping of exotic pets.
Since then, the cats have thrived and bred in remote areas and could now number as many as 20, according to WMN wildlife expert Trevor Beer, who has spent many years studying them.
Originally posted by suzy ryan
you'ld be riddiculed for beliveing 'till recently as people started developing and moving into their territories.
Originally posted by librasleep
First pic looks like a house cat.
Originally posted by tiddly54
when you think of how many other animals havent managed to remain hidden
Originally posted by tiddly54
but how is a big cat supposed to stay hidden in a country like the uk?
it is more densly populated than china, and i imagine it hasnt got very much unmanaged land left about
The black, panther-like cat, which eye-witnesses claim stands three feet tall, was last spotted in the summer of 2003.
But Welham Green resident Joanne Cetti came face to face with the elusive Beast as she walked her dog on Bradmore Lane at 6am just two weeks ago.
Originally posted by stumason
Why hasn't some game hunter/tracker and a rich Felanthropist got together and caught one? Can't be too hard, surely? they manage it in the wild jungles of the world, why not sleepy old England?
Originally posted by MisticDragon
Some suspect it might have mated with some other kind of wild cat mountain lion or something and changed the species into something more agressive & bigger. I think for the time being scientists are working on other things and aren't so quick to want to capture these big cats, I mean it might just attack people for no reason if someone comes in close contact with it. Especially if its more agressive then normal big cats, I've heard they utterly destroy livestock in some areas viciously,