Paw print with razor-like claws
Big cat in the Stroud area?
Conclusive proof has been found of a big predatory cat living in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire - that's the belief of leading cat expert, Frank Tunbridge, who writes the following...
The initial interest for me in this evidence was when a lady from the Stroud area of Gloucestershire said that she had discovered some unusual large isolated animal tracks in the ice and snow on Saturday 12 January 2008.
Exhibiting very knife-like claw marks in some of the tracks not ever seen in any canine prints, which always impart blunt claw impressions.
Cats often use their claws for stability in adverse conditions, at other times keeping their razor like tools sheathed when in locomotion.
These pug marks were approximately 3/4 of a mile from the location of the deer kill mentioned below, which was discovered four days later on Wednesday 16 January 2008.
I believe that these two pieces of evidence are linked confirming the presence of a big predatory cat in the area.
Print compared to lady's glove & shoe
Scoff at the idea
There have been many reports of elusive big cats especially of black colour ration in the Stroud Valleys over the years, and my long research and investigation into this topic has proved this so.
Until a decent clear photographic image of a black cat is produced, especially one feasting on a deer, many members of the public will scoff at the idea of large dog-sized wild cats existing in our countryside and some urban areas.
Where there is something to eat, there is something to eat it. It's the old survival adage and this certainly seems to be the case here.
Anyone who has any information/sightings concerning the subject of big cats in Gloucestershire can get in touch with Frank Tunbridge, either by calling 07711 476715, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence: Roe Deer kill
I have taken some photographs of a Roe Deer kill which has been extensively eaten by a large predator.
I believe that a British Big Cat is responsible for the death of this deer; all the hallmarks are there,
UPDATE: Monday 4 February
A muntjac deer kill was reported to me on Sunday 31 January in the Nympsfield area of Stroud - killed by a large predatory animal and consumed from the rear (typical of some large cat behaviour).
Dog walkers possibly disturbed the animal at its meal. Although not definitely a big cat kill, initial attack to neck area could be attributed to a dog as some savaging is apparent, big cats have been known to shake smaller prey.
Muntjac deer are an introduced species from India and China, roughly the size of a large fox and are predominantly browsers, keeping to close cover most of the time.
The Muntjac killed was found in an open grassed area, not far from a track occasionally used by vehicles and dog walkers.
If you wish to see the photographic evidence of the above two deer kills, please click 'Next' below BUT be aware that you may find the images distressing.
last updated: 14/12/2009 at 08:06
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