Here we go again,
Here we go again,
probably poachers leaving parts behind that foxes and crows have been picking at...mind you there was a deer find near me that had clear 'claw' marks in it from a big cat, 1000% a cat, but whether it took the deer before or after it was dead you'll never know
I am still very doubtfull on this subject , personally i think someone would have come across some undeniable evidence by now if these bigs cats were around......but never say never eh!
They're around mate, I reported a cat paw print two years ago in the borders, it was the size of say a 14 year olds hand. Very clear on a sandbed where it had been roaming for spent salmon at the end of the spawning season. Unless someone was trying to pull a fast one (which they would not do in such a remote location), I am in no doubt.
I am very sceptical on the whole big cat subject - I'd have to see one myself before I believed any reports.
on the 6 pm point west news there was a guy with plaster casts of the pad prints, also appears the roe was still warm when it was found in the field by a dog walker. Lets see what the DNA shows.
Assuming no-one was in any danger and these cats were roaming free in the countryside, would they have to be specidfied on your licence before you shot one? I wonder what the FLO would make of your variation request
Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position
If they are indeed around, it is such a rare last unique wild species that most surely should not only be protected from a legal perspective, but also by the mere interest of even farmers and stalkers. I'd almost hope the application to have such species included on the FAC would make the FLO consider revoking it on the grounds of not respecting protected (or what should be) wildlife.