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Big cat sightings on the rise

A puma, sometimes known as mountain lion
photo courtesy of BigCats Online

In a few weeks, the government will be presented with a dossier aiming to prove that big cats do prowl the English countryside.

It has been drawn up by the British Big Cat Society and points to a massive increase in sightings over recent months from 438 in 2001 to 1,200 in the last 12 months.

Claims that pumas, panthers, and leopards have been spotted roaming the English countryside will form part of the report to be handed to the Home Office and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The British Big Cats Society, which has 600 members nationwide, now reports three sightings a day. According to the society, sightings have been reported in most English counties.

The last time a puma sighting was reported on this site was in 1998, although the issue has been discussed in this site’s forum with some reporting seeing strange looking animals and hearing strange sounds.

The issue of whether there is a Brookmans Park Puma or not was also discussed in this site’s old ‘Have Your Say’ forum.

One local resident and forum user wrote an article putting the case against there being a Brookmans Park Puma.

The story is covered in the Observer newspaper.

February 9, 2003

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