or Alien Big Cats are common occurrences up and down Britain - and
Lincolnshire, lets face it, is as believable as any place for a
leopard, puma or panther to be roaming.
expanses of fields, disused railway lines and old track ways run
through the county.
that the Lindsey Leopard has been seen in the last ten years include
- Market Rasen, Stapleford Woods near Newark and South Rauceby near
In fact, take a look at the map of where it's
been sighted (The sighting in the south of the county may
not be the same animal, though)
the Lindsey Leopard be, in fact, a Puma?
the 14th August 1998 two large paw prints (about five inches diameter)
were found at Bassetlaw near Gainsborough in cut grass on farm and
identified as puma or lynx prints by RSPCA inspector Steve Foster.
Photos and plaster casts taken. Numerous reported sightings in following
was also a couple of rather disturbing reports in mid October. The
one from Baumber near Horncastle. Three mutilated sheep were found
although no cause could be attributed apart from a wild animal.
Doddington Park, Lincoln a brown or sandy coloured ABC, described
as "three times size of domestic cat" was seen. A mesh
hutch was torn open, and two rabbits taken.
late November of the same year a video of the Lindsey Leopard was
shot in Woodhall Spa. A zoo expert said it was a large domestic
most recent reported sighting seems to be in July of 2002 after
a man walking his dog claimed to have spotted a large cat.
Till was visiting Laughton Forest, near Gainsborough, when he spotted
the large cat in the woods. He said, "I took my dog Rusty to the
forest as it looked like a good place for a walk. We had walked
about 100 metres down the track when what I think was a cougar walked
across my path. It was about 15 metres away, light brown, and was
a little over a metre long. I was not scared at all, I was just
intrigued by what I had seen."
Pike, a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Conservation Officer has written
about ABCs on the Lincolnshire
Wildlife Trust website "Sightings of pumas, jaguars and
the like have been fairly regular for a number of years and seem
to be localised to West Lindsey, the Horncastle, Louth and Lincoln
reports vary in detail and reliability but there can be little doubt
that some of them appear to be genuine, and the paw print casts
add further to the belief that such a creature is at large in Lincolnshire,
and may have been for some years."