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    Another Big Cat?

    I never get involved in these big cat threads or pay much attention to them until tonight because this has come from a very good friend of mine.

    I got a text message an hour ago asking what eats nose, ears and pluck from a kill. I am no expert but suggest that the pluck eaten is a sign of cats in the wild but if the carcass is 24hrs old any number of animals could have had a nibble. He then tells me they have lost two lambs on the estate in the last week and both found displaying same signs and he tells me that last Monday he saw the animal and it was way bigger than a domestic cat with a tail longer than the body. I ask him how close he was to it and he was within 15m, just after 9pm! So, very close for a good look and not too dark. It came out the ditch in front of him and crossed a forest road before heading off into cover. He says at that distance he guessed the size of a big dog.

    Now I have known him for many years and he is a very experienced stalker and has a good knowledge of animals and dogs and is adamant this is nothing he has seen before. He is out tonight with the 270 looking for it!!!

    It's funny because I have never given the possibility that there are any cats out there a second though until it comes from someone you trust and his experience was so close up.

    Maybe he will settle this argument once and for all this evening!!!

    I am not mentioning his name or location except he is up North, just in case he is successful

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    Awesome will we get an up date if successful??

    ​maybe a picture??

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeman View Post
    Awesome will we get an up date if successful??

    ​maybe a picture??
    You know whats funny? I phoned my best mate to tell him this and he also knows the guy who has told me the details and his response was, 'what a load of p*sh!!!' Ha ha...

    In fairness he admits to being very sceptical but also accepts our mutual friend is honest and trustworthy and will believe in what he saw. I think if he had been in any doubt he wouldn't even have told me and in fact that has probably why its taken him a few days to mention it!

    The bit that's doing it for me is the carcass damage coupled with his sighting all within a few days...

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    Did he mention the animals colouration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fursty Ferret View Post
    Did he mention the animals colouration?
    Yes, pure black. It was the length of the tail that he really noticed...

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    Perhaps it was a Roxy Music "For Your Pleasure" discarded album cover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro View Post
    Perhaps it was a Roxy Music "For Your Pleasure" discarded album cover?
    ​dont think the 270 is the gun I would be taking to her!!!!

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    Shoot one I'll buy you a pint but you're all wasted if you've seen a big black cat.... just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul at barony View Post
    Shoot one I'll buy you a pint but you're all wasted if you've seen a big black cat.... just saying
    ​Your such a doubter Paul!!!!

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    Nobody has mentioned the old boy dressed in DPMs with a posh voice, mentioning on breakfast TV a couple of weeks ago, his sighting of a big cat on his estate that would have an adverse effect on the wedding venue he ran, he was openly asking for someone to shoot it,, maybe its crossed the border in fright, he looked the part of a white hunter, cartridge belt with three shells in it, still he was a camo hunter, not white. 20 odd years ago in Suffolk near Rendlesham Forest where I lived at the time, I saw something that wasn't a fox, a dog, a domestic cat, it walked with purpose with a pronounced shoulder movement, when it saw me move, it bounded down a 15 foot bank in one leap and disappeared, it was mid afternoon and it was only a measured 80 yards away, and 1/2 hour later when I went there with gun and dogs they would not leave me, let alone hunt. No idea what it was, only what it wasn't, what I do know was the smallness of its head and long heavy tail compared to the body, and the heavy shoulder pronounced gait, made me usher my partner into the house and collected a gun and some heavy loads I had at the time. At that time at Bury St Edmunds Police station there was a dedicated officer assigned to the large number of sighting of an animal. That was a LONG time ago when there where many stories of big cats, none could possibly have survived now as a breeding colony anywhere, light and darkness play funny tricks at dusk, sunlight on an animal can also make it look bigger at distances, sure this will be just another explained sighting. deerwarden.

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