Saturday, 14 December 2013
IRISH SIGHTINGS: Is big cat on the prowl in Co Down?
A black panther has been blamed for mauling and killing sheep on a number of farms across Co Down.
Police and the USPCA have urged vigilance in Dromara following claims of sightings of a "big cat" terrorising livestock.
A PSNI spokeswoman said over recent weeks a number of farmers in the Hill Road, Ballynahinch Road and Mullaghdrin Road areas of Dromara and Hillsborough have reported sheep missing and others bloodied.
Some residents have also claimed to have seen a big cat in the same general area over a similar period of time.
PSNI statistics reveal that there were 23 reports of big cats stalking the countryside between February 2005 and April 2009.
Lisburn DUP councillor Luke Poots said sheep farmers were concerned READ MORE