Big Cats: Facing Britain's Wild Predators by Rick Minter

By Rick Minter

Whole account re sightings of massive cat predators in Britain

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In the local paper he described a big black cat emerging from the side of a house before leaping over a ditch and into a hedge just 30 yards in front of him. He described the animal as very muscular, two feet tall at the shoulders, with dark fur and having a metre-long tail. ‘It was definitely a big cat and a powerful-looking animal. ’ As well as these two accounts I know of three other reports of large black cats around this area over as many years. There is nothing rigorous in my observation of the Alresford bypass: I’ve simply noted it as a cluster amongst the steady stream of reports.

It seems A big black cat, described as Brimscombe, near reasons: they might fearonlyridicule, or want to protect the animal orStroud. not that the creature very long, low to the ground Witness saw a big, slim, used these when and sleek, was spotted by an 9. Original date of report: long-legged black cat crossextra grip ex-police officerarea. from a house January 12, 2009 ingthe the road at an unhurried want to cause a commotion in the For some, though, powerful was needat the top of Kites Nest Road, Location: Copse of trees pace.

Several other reports have gone straight to the press. The winter months always yield more sightings, not least because of less cover in the landscape, so the trend of reporting itself is consistent. The good people of Gloucestershire are telling us something. Frank and I may have some kind of handle on the situation but, in truth, we have no idea what is really going on. uk Page 26 Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Seeinghas and been sensing – the grey evidence Wildlife enthusiast Frank Tunbridge out tracking big cats in the Five Valleys.

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