Thursday, 13 October 2016

SIGHTING, PHOTOS, UK: Dog suffered horror wounds after being savaged by a 'puma' on country walk, owner claims

A dog nearly died from horrific injuries inflicted in a savage attack by ‘the Beast of Bucks’.

Rescue pooch Daisy was being taken for a walk by owner Carlos Romero, from High Wycombe, in woodland near local beauty spot Tom Burt’s hill when she was attacked by a ‘black panther’.

Terrified Carlos believes his beloved pet was pounced upon by a jungle lion as the area is a hotspot for sightings of big cats. In 2001, experts confirmed prints found on Wycombe Heights Golf Centre were those of a puma. Since then, locals have reported several sightings of a black big cat in the area, leading it to be nicknamed the “Beast of Bucks”.


SIGHTING, UK: Panther on the prowl? Harpenden man spots a big cat near Luton Airport

Iain MacDonald told the Herts Advertiser: “I had a rather interesting experience whilst out jogging on Sunday (9/10/16), to the north of Harpenden, when a big cat – I am pretty sure it was a panther – crossed the road directly in front of me.”
It is the latest in a string of recent alleged sightings of a panther as this paper has learned that three weeks ago, one is believed to have been spotted in nearby Hitchin, only 15 miles away.
Iain explained that on Sunday, “I was jogging, out towards Luton Airport, in Chiltern Green.
“I was running along a quiet country road, with hardly any cars, where there was woodland on each side and this animal loped across the road, about 50 metres in front of me.


SIGHTING, AUSTRALIA: Illawarra 'panther' spotted at Seacliff Bridge escarpment selfie spot

The sun had fallen behind the escarpment on Sunday as Alex Vourliotis headed higher up the sea-facing slope at Coalcliff, his spirits buoyed by fine weather and the postcard-worthy sight of Seacliff Bridge snaking away below.

The Albion Park personal trainer and his partner Tanaya Webb had made a leisurely visit to the scenic spot, so the two could get a photo together.

But they beat a hasty retreat home; Mr Vourliotis with a racing heart and a firm belief that he had seen for himself the Illawarra ‘panther’ – the big, black cat said to roam the region’s green border.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

ARTICLE: No justice for Cecil: Lions STILL being killed and sold after famous cat's death

There had been hopes that the lions would be “uplisted” to Appendix I of CITES, particularly after the killing of Cecil by an American dentist last year had highlighted their vulnerability.

Instead, the summit kept the lions on Appendix II.

Although there was a proviso added that trade in their bones, claws, teeth and skull will be prohibited, this only covers wild lions and means body parts from animals killed in South Africa’s infamous “canned hunts” can still be sold on the open market.


NEWSLINK: Black magic horror as lions are poisoned and mutilated in spate of killings

It is believed witch doctors could be using the body parts for a traditional Zulu healings or that they are being sent to the lucrative Chinese medicine market.

Lions are being poisoned and mutilated in a spate of black magic killings in South Africa, it emerged today.

The revelation came as an international summit in the country refused to ban the global trade in the big cats’ body parts.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

ARTICLE: Lawrie McFarlane: Excuses for shooting cougars are inexcusable

Of the world’s five surviving big-cat species, four are either endangered, or likely to face a future confined to zoos and game parks.

There are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild, and they have the misfortune to live in some of the most densely populated countries on Earth.


NEWSLINK: CITES ‘fails to protect lions’, says Born Free

Born Free Foundation believes CITES has failed to adequately address one of the main threats to African lions in its decision to reach a compromise agreement on controlling the trade in lion parts and products, but failing to deal with trade from captive bred lions.