Tuesday, 18 June 2013

SOMERSET BIG CAT SIGHTING


Letter received re big cat sighting

W. Somerset
25.5.13

Dear Sir/Madam

Last Monday evening at 21.15 hrs I saw a panther in the field next to house.  It was there for about 5-10 mins.  I had a v. good view of it.  I did not get a picture – sorry!

Someone gave me the book “Big Cats Loose in Britain” (Marcus Matthews) for my birthday, today, which has prompted me to write this to you.

I trust this information is useful to you?

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Evans

MATT SALUSBURY: Big cats in Dorset - London Cryptoozology Club expedition, with Jonathan McGowan



Jonathan McGowan (above, with sika deer pelvis fragment which he says bears teeth marks from a Big Cat) is a Big Cat consultant familiar to readers of this blog from his talks at CFZ's Weird Weekend, kindly hosted myself and two others from the London Cryptozoology Club (LCC) in early June on one of his regular Big Cat surveys with the Dorset Big Cats Group.

He is a naturalist and works at Bournemouth Science Society, and also does taxidermy. (McGowan said he was busy with taxidermy at the moment, most of it restoring hundred-year-old museum exhibits. The century-old sea eagle he was restoring for the Dorset County Museum had to be moved off one of the armchairs when the LCC rendezvoused at his Bournemouth home.) To his dismay, McGowan's most famous for his roadkill diet, which accounts for all the meat he eats, and has seen him interviewed on TV and radio shows in the US and Russia.

While the leopards reported in the UK used to be almost exclusively melanistic (black) leopards, now we're seeing "more spotted ones," says McGowan. The "leopard wool" (below, the under-layer of fur) we later picked off the barbed wire fences at Purbeck was from a spotted leopard. 


Most people taking the chain ferry from Bournemouth over the estuary head straight for Shell Bay Beach (below, famous for its nudist colony) but few beach-goers are aware that there are "leopards on the beach at night." 

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NEWSLINK: Endangered Snow Leopards Get a Helping Hand from an Unlikely Place

Endangered Snow Leopards Get a Helping Hand from an Unlikely Place
Care2.com (blog)
Panthera's mission since 2006 has been to save the world's 37 big cat species and their ecosystems. Of all the big cats, the most imperiled are lions, tigers, jaguars and snow leopards. To pull these species back from the brink of extinction, Panthera ...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: I am not quite sure what they mean. There are only 7 species in the Pantherinae, and whereas there are 41 species of cat in total, this includes the domestic cat, and the Iromote cat, both of whose specific status is a little dodgy. I am not sure where the figure 37 comes from. I counted 38 subspecies of pantherines alone. There are at least six subspecies of cheetah. JD

NEWSLINK: Zoo begins building new Asian cat habitat

Zoo begins building new Asian cat habitat
globalnews.ca
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg's Amur tigers and other big cats will get new, expanded digs, Assiniboine Park Zoo officials said as they made their latest exhibit announcement. A $500,000 gift from James Cohen and Linda McGarva-Cohen will go towards building a ...
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NEWSLINK: Fun fact: Lions love ice cream too

Fun fact: Lions love ice cream too
KLEW
TAMPA, FL -- Joseph the lion loves vanilla ice cream, and workers at Big Cat Rescue in Florida know how to keep things cool. During the hot summer months cats are treated to delicious frozen treats such as 'bloodcicles' and 'sardini martinis.' Joseph ...
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NEWSLINK: A Tiger with a Runny Nose Turned into a...

A Tiger with a Runny Nose Turned into a...
Dallas Observer (blog)
Vicky Keahey, the president of In-Sync Exotics, the Wylie rescue society where Cairo and several dozen other big cats live, wrote down the nose leakage in the cat's logbook on May 5. "I didn't really think anything of it, because he's had a snotty nose ...
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NEWSLINK: Canine distemper infects big cats at In-Sync Exotics

Canine distemper infects big cats at In-Sync Exotics
Blue Ribbon News
(Wylie) June 17, 2013 - Three months ago, 25 raccoons in Plano were found to have canine distemper, a potentially deadly virus that typically only affects dogs, raccoons and ferrets. Two weeks ago in Arlington, 29 raccoons also tested positive. Cases ...
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NEWSLINK: What's in a day's work for Thames Valley Police's dedicated wildlife cop?

What's in a day's work for Thames Valley Police's dedicated wildlife cop?
Bucks Herald
Big cat sightings around the UK are usually presumed by most of us to be a hoax or a case of mistaken identity. But not everyone is able to play fast and loose with such claims. Wildlife crime officer Dean Kingham has had several calls from people ...
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NEWSLINK: Meeting being held to discuss big cats in Gloucestershire

Meeting being held to discuss big cats in Gloucestershire
Gazette Series
THOSE who think big cats might exist in the Gloucestershire countryside are invited to a talk in North Nibley about the possibility. Big cat expert Rick Minter will hold the talk at North Nibley Village Hall this evening, Thursday, June 20. Mr Minter ...
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NEWSLINK: Big cat is out of his tree

Big cat is out of his tree
The Sun
The big cat set out to prove exactly who was the real king of the jungle — by pulling his brother out of a tree. Lion pulled from tree. A short tail ... lion drags his brother down. DAVID JENKINS / CATERS NEWS. He leapt up the trunk and took his ...
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Saturday, 15 June 2013

USA SIGHTINGS: DNR says mountain lion sighting in Mingo Co. not likely

DNR says mountain lion sighting in Mingo Co. not likely
Gilberttimes
Later I had heard that persons living in Howard Hollow of Chattaroy had heard screams of what they thought was that of a big cat. The rumored sighting caused a little hysteria, so I decided to call the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR ...
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TERATOLOGY: Deucy, The World's Newest Two-Faced Cat, Poised To Take Internet By Storm

Deucy, The World's Newest Two-Faced Cat, Poised To Take Internet By Storm
Geekosystem
Full disclosure, folks: I'm a sucker for cats with deformities — whether it's polydactyl cats with big mitteny hands or just snaggle-toothed felines suffering a bit of overbite — because things that are a little broken can be really adorable ...
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NEWSLINK: Secret life of the cat: The science of tracking our pets

Secret life of the cat: The science of tracking our pets
BBC News
Yet, despite our domestic cats playing a big role in our lives, we know surprisingly little about what they get up to. A research project by BBC2's Horizon and the Royal Veterinary College set out to find out more. Alan Wilson, a professor specialising ...
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FEATURELINK: A Cheetah Can Get You Without Hitting Top Speed

A Cheetah Can Get You Without Hitting Top Speed
National Geographic
As the cheetah launched into its sprint, the collar would beam back information on the big cat's speed, its rate of acceleration, and its heart-stopping deceleration in the hairpin turns, as well as plotting every twist and doubling-back throughout the ...
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Wild Cheetahs Rely More on Acceleration and Agility to Hunt, Not Speed
Latinos Post
Cheetahs are well known for chasing down their prey in a well-shot, zipping documentary sequence, but new research shows that in the wild, it's the big cat's acceleration and agility that make it such a dazzling hunter, not its speed. Like Us on ...
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NEWSLINK: The Big Cat Is Back On The Prowl

The Big Cat Is Back On The Prowl
Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE) Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the North American cougar is now one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation. The big cat species goes by a wide variety of different names including mountain lion, catamount, ...
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NEWSLINK: Big cat chat in North Nibley

Big cat chat in North Nibley
This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire big cat author Rick Minter and big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge will be at North Nibley village hall on Thursday, June 20. The talk will explain how people across Gloucestershire are helping gather possible evidence on big cats and there ...
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Friday, 14 June 2013

US SIGHTINGS: Big cat in Casper probably not a mountain lion | KDLY/KOVE

Big cat in Casper probably not a mountain lion | KDLY/KOVE
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A big cat spotted in Casper this week was probably just a domestic feline, not a mountain lion. The cat was spotted by Crossroads Park ...
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NEWSLINK: Tibetan monks partner with conservationists to protect the snow leopard

Tibetan monks partner with conservationists to protect the snow leopard
Mongabay.com
Tibetan monks could be the key to safeguarding the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) from extinction, according to an innovative program by big cat NGO Panthera which is partnering with Buddhist monasteries deep in leopard territory. Listed as Endangered ...
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NEWSLINK: Australia's largest female tiger arrives at Dreamworld

Australia's largest female tiger arrives at Dreamworld
Voxy
The tiger, who is yet to be named, has travelled all the way from Poland's Krakow Zoo to her new home at Tiger Island with the hope that she will meet a handsome 'Aussie' big cat with whom to breed. She weighs just 10 kilograms less than Australia's ...
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NEWSLINK: Canine distemper virus said evolved as threat to Asian tigers

Canine distemper virus said evolved as threat to Asian tigers
United Press International, Asia
"But in the intervening years, the virus has evolved and has changed its pattern of animals it can infect to include marine mammals (such as seals) and big cats." The first case of the disease affecting wild big cats was documented close to two decades ...
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NEWSLINK: White lion breeding at UK wildlife parks linked to 'canned hunting'

White lion breeding at UK wildlife parks linked to 'canned hunting'
The Guardian
They are a rare and beautiful variant of an ordinary lion, a big cat with a recessive gene that gives it striking white fur. But two British wildlife parks have been accused of unethical practices for breeding white lions taken from a farm linked to ...
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CANADA SIGHTINGS: Possible big cat sighting near JT Cheeseman park

Possible big cat sighting near JT Cheeseman park
Port aux Basques Gulf News
But he is sure it looked like a large cat, and it had a tail. “The tail was at least three feet long,” said Carter. “I almost ran into it. I had to apply the brakes.” He said the colour of the animal was sort of gray. He said based on that alone, he at ...
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Thursday, 13 June 2013

NEWSLINK: A tale of two tigers: South African man loves big cats so much he has adopted ...

A tale of two tigers: South African man loves big cats so much he has adopted ...
Daily Mail
When he is a little older Ozzy will undergo corrective surgery to help sort the problem. Until then he has joined Enzo in prowling Michael's home. When he was young Enzo slept with Michael in his bed, had a cat box and enjoyed eating on the kitchen ...
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NEWSLINK: Asian tigers at risk from domestic dog distemper virus

Asian tigers at risk from domestic dog distemper virus
BBC News
Some of the world's rarest big cat species are facing a potentially deadly threat from a virus carried by domestic dogs, a wildlife expert has warned. John Lewis, director of Wildlife Vets International, said there was evidence that Indonesian tigers ...
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NEWSLINK: Pictured: Incredible footage of one of the world's most elusive big cats in ...

Pictured: Incredible footage of one of the world's most elusive big cats in ...
Daily Mail
One of the world's most elusive big cats has been caught on camera in rare footage of it in the wild. The Siberian tiger has never been filmed in the 50-year history of the BBC Natural History Unit. But after six weeks of camping out in the world's ...
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NEWSLINK: Tribals poison leopard to avenge cow's loss; 2 held

Tribals poison leopard to avenge cow's loss; 2 held
Times of India
Sounds unbelievable, but Nagariya, Tolia and Radheyshyam (aged between 40 and 50) allegedly avenged the killing of Nagariya's cow by the leopard, by poisoning the same big cat. The carcass of the 10-year-old leopard was found in the forest, edging ...
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NEWSLINK: This is a huge white tiger playing with a ball like an adorable cat

This is a huge white tiger playing with a ball like an adorable cat
Guyism
Ignore the fact that Zabu the white tiger could definitely rip you to shreds in mere seconds; it's damned adorable when he plays with a big red ball at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue. Hard to top the leopard tearing through a piƱata but this comes close. Where ...
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NEWSLINK: Alarming Tiger Tale

Alarming Tiger Tale
Express.co.uk
Alarming Tiger Tale. UNTIL recently there was only one big cat that, in its entire half-century history, the BBC's Natural History unit had never filmed: the Siberian tiger. Not any more. By: James Rampton. Published: Sat, June 8, 2013. Tweet · 0 ...
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NEWSLINK: Big cat woman! There are only 300 Siberian tigers left in the wild - and ...

Big cat woman! There are only 300 Siberian tigers left in the wild - and ...
Daily Mail
In temperatures of -38˚C and with wild tigers roaming the Russian forest where Liz was camped out in a rustic cabin with no mod cons, she knew that becoming a big cat's breakfast was a definite possibility. 'You were pretty safe when you were with the ...
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Sunday, 9 June 2013

NEWSLINK: Mystery Animal Seen Lurking In Bloomingdale Preserve

Mystery Animal Seen Lurking In Bloomingdale Preserve
CBS2 Chicago
(CBS) – An unidentified animal seen on thermal video in a Bloomingdale forest preserve – some speculate it could be a large cat — has people buzzing in DuPage County. CBS 2's Mike Parker reports. The Meacham Grove Forest Preserve is 252 magnificent ...
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NEWSLINK: Urban foxes in Abbeymead targeting cats

Urban foxes in Abbeymead targeting cats
This is Gloucestershire
However according to naturalist and big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge, it is rare for foxes to target cats. "It is rather unusual for foxes to do this. They usually go for animals which they can manage. However, the larger the carnivore, the larger the ...
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CANADA SIGHTINGS: More cougar sightings reported in mountain towns

More cougar sightings reported in mountain towns
Calgary Herald
Parks Canada officials said the woman, who had been staying at Hidden Ridge Resort, spotted the big cat from a distance of about 75 metres as she walked her pet on Monday. “She was walking her dog in a wildlife corridor way back on Tunnel Mountain.
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NEWSLINK: US gets a taste for lion burgers

US gets a taste for lion burgers
The Guardian
In America over the past few months, a battle has been raging over big cat burgers. Lion meat, sourced from captive-raised populations in the US, crops up in restaurants every once in a while, and each time it provokes the same response: at one pole ...
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NEWSLINK: Philadelphia Zoo Announces the Birth of Snow Leopard Cubs

Philadelphia Zoo Announces the Birth of Snow Leopard Cubs
Main Line
Mother and the remaining cubs are being monitored frequently by animal care staff using video cameras positioned inside a secluded indoor den at First Niagara Big Cat Falls. “The cubs are still very young, and this is a critical period, but we are ...
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NEWSLINK: Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger
ITV News
A Big Cat wildlife sanctuary in Kent is opening its doors to the public for four days this summer. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden looks after lions, tigers and other big cats as part of its charity work as a sanctuary and to carry out ...
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NEWSLINK: Animals rescued as German floods hit zoo

Animals rescued as German floods hit zoo
BigPond News
It was like a scene out of the film, Life of Pi, when a large cat glided across the water in a boat in the flooded German town of Bernburg this week. But instead of the movie's computer-animated tiger, a real-life cheetah was rescued from the zoo in ...
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NEWSLINK: Tiger wanders into zoo, tries captive life, breaks out a month later

Tiger wanders into zoo, tries captive life, breaks out a month later
Treehugger
The big cat, thought to be around 5 years old, appeared to be attracted to the zoo's captive female tiger, and was spotted roaming around her enclosure. He was looking for love, it appeared. A twenty-person team was assembled to forcibly capture the ...
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NEWSLINK: Pretty Things dress down for Born Free Foundation

Pretty Things dress down for Born Free Foundation
West Sussex County Times
The charity's headquarters are located in Foundry Lane, Horsham, and it is encouraging supporters to 'do nothing for charity' as part of the 'Big Cat Nap' week, which runs from July 1-7. Mr Travers is the son of British actors Bill Travers and Virginia ...
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NEWSLINK: Camera traps tigress again, but this time on 'tiger' hill

Camera traps tigress again, but this time on 'tiger' hill
Times of India
This time the area-Vagheri hill-is slightly different from the locale in the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary the big cat was trapped on camera for the first time in late April. "Ecologist Ullas Karanth has confirmed that it is the same tigress," principal ...
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NEWSLINK: VIDEO: Big cat hunting in Horsham

VIDEO: Big cat hunting in Horsham
West Sussex County Times
Published on 06/06/2013 13:17. By Ollie McAteer. I meet big cat detective Charlie Bones in St Leornard's Forest car park before we head into the dense undergrowth. He isn't wearing a deerstalker and doesn't greet me with a raise of his pipe. I'm ...
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Saturday, 8 June 2013

NEWSLINK: Third tiger found dead near Corbett Tiger Reserve in a week

Third tiger found dead near Corbett Tiger Reserve in a week
IBNLive
An autopsy is being conducted to ascertain how the big cat died, he said. This is the third such incident within a week as the decomposed carcass of a tigress was found near a water body at Corbett Tiger Reserve on May 27 and that of a tiger in Tarai ...
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USA SIGHTING: Big cat spotted in Casper this week was probably just a domestic feline, not a ...

Big cat spotted in Casper this week was probably just a domestic feline, not a ...
The Republic
CASPER, Wyoming — A big cat spotted in Casper this week was probably just a domestic feline, not a mountain lion. The cat was spotted by Crossroads Park on Monday. A biologist and dogs were unable to track it down but police did get a few photos.
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NEWSLINK: I walked a puma through the jungle

I walked a puma through the jungle
Globe and Mail
Inti is famous for the controversial fact that its volunteers walk – not without risk – many of its big felines, including jaguars, pumas and ocelots (dwarf leopards). The jungle jaunts keep the cats healthy and provide them with vital mental stimulation.
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NEWSLINK: Tiger died due to starvation

Tiger died due to starvation
Times of India
The big cat, believed to be 11 years old, had sustained injuries on various parts of its body indicating that it had sustained wounds during a territorial fight. The carcass of the tiger was found near Kachivinahalli in Anechowkur range in Nagarahole ...
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NEWSLINK: Panther sightings spark skepticism, wonderment

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x480782513/Panther-sightings-spark-skepticism-wonderment

NEWSLINK: Motion-sensing cameras to track tigers' movement

Motion-sensing cameras to track tigers' movement
The Hindu
Highly sensitive motion sensing cameras are on the big cat's trail in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR), Kishanpur sanctuary and Pilibhit forest range in Uttar Pradesh. Lately, some tigers have shown an inclination to move eastward into the forests of ...
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NEWSLINK: Big cat, big toothache

Big cat, big toothache
Bay Post/Moruya Examiner
Big cat, big toothache. By Kerrie O'Connor. June 4, 2013, 1:14 p.m.. When big cats get toothache, it's a big time operation, but Mac, Pedro and Thelma slept like pussycats through it all. Mogo Zoo's lions, Mac and Pedro, and tiger Thelma underwent root ...
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VIDEO: Big cat, big toothache
Bay Post/Moruya Examiner
When big cats get toothache, it's a big time operation, but Mac, Pedro and Thelma slept like pussycats through it all. Mogo Zoo's lions, Mac and Pedro, and tiger Thelma underwent root canal operation at the weekend and were soon up and chewing again.
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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

NEWSLINK: Wild tiger escape: Minister clean chit to Nandankanan staff

Wild tiger escape: Minister clean chit to Nandankanan staff
Times of India
BHUBANESWAR: A day after the wild male tiger walked into freedom, scaling an 18-foot-high iron wire mesh at Nandankanan, forest and environment minister BijayshreeRoutray on Sunday ruled out negligence by zoo staff. He termed the big cat's escape as ...
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NEWSLINK: Leopard rescued from rubber plantation

Leopard rescued from rubber plantation
The Hindu
A plantation worker first found the big cat in a wire trap kept for wild pigs in the private plantation. The local people said the trap was set to protect their crops from the pigs. They alerted the forest office at Kummannoor, near Konni, and a team ...
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NEWSLINK: Campaigners call for action to protect exotic pets in UAE homes

Campaigners call for action to protect exotic pets in UAE homes
7DAYS
Animal rights campaigner Montserrat Martin, who runs the Friends of Animals project in Dubai, said her organisation has come across “endless” cases of big cat abuse by private owners. She told of one incident where a cheetah was locked in a bathroom ...
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

NEWSLINK: Tiger or leopard: Choral big cat mystery continues

Tiger or leopard: Choral big cat mystery continues
Times of India
Now search parties have been dispatched in the area and vigil has been increased in Mhow, Manpur and Choral range to find trace the wild cats if there is any. Similar rumours about presence of tiger in Choral in February 2012 had kept forest official ...
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NEWSLINK: Scientists capture one of the world's rarest big cats on film (photos)

Scientists capture one of the world's rarest big cats on film (photos)
Less than a hundred kilometers from the bustling metropolis of Jakarta, scientists have captured incredible photos of one of the world's most endangered big ...
news.mongabay.com/2013/0521-hance-javan-leopard.html

NEWSLINK: Cat skin sale in online auction

Cat skin sale in online auction
BigPond News
'This auction is extremely disturbing, not only because it features the sale of a domestic cat skin, but also because of the large number of anti-cat comments it has attracted,' Mr Kerridge said. He said companion cats, stray cats, and feral cats all ...
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USA SIGHTINGS: Cougar again spotted on OHSU campus

Cougar again spotted on OHSU campus
kgw.com
The big cat was seen wandering into the physician's pavilion parking garage around 2:20 a.m. Four campus officers searched the garage and reviewed surveillance video but found no sign of the cat. With nearly 20,000 people at OHSU on any given day, ...
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UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat sighted at Uckfield

Big cat sighted at Uckfield
Sussex Express
The Society was set up 'to scientifically identify, quantify, catalogue and protect the big cats that freely roam the British countryside.' It is a UK network of people whose aim is to research, study and analyse the presence of big cats throughout ...
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CANADA SIGHTING: Aggressive cougar shot and killed after forcing park to close near Vancouver

Aggressive cougar shot and killed after forcing park to close near Vancouver
National Post
COQUITLAM, B.C. — A cougar has been shot and killed by conservation officers at a popular park in Metro Vancouver. The big cat was tracked overnight after Coquitlam River Park in Coquitlam, B.C., was closed as a precaution on Wednesday afternoon.
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USA SIGHTINGS: Panther sightings spark skepticism, wonderment

Panther sightings spark skepticism, wonderment
Bakersfield Californian
Several websites say a panther is any black-colored feline of the Big Cat family, including leopards and jaguars, while a local biologist said a trained mammalogist would probably disagree and say it was one distinct type of cat. Read on for more ...
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CANADA SIGHTING: No sign of cougar: Banff park officials reopen area where big cat attacked

No sign of cougar: Banff park officials reopen area where big cat attacked
Vancouver Sun
BANFF, Alta. - Parks Canada says it has reopened an area north of the Banff townsite where a cougar attacked a man who fought the animal off with a skateboard. Officials say wildlife specialists have searched extensively for the big cat involved in the ...
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NEWSLINK: What to Do if You See a Leopard on the Street

What to Do if You See a Leopard on the Street
Wall Street Journal (blog)
A squatting man is shown at eye level with a leopard while a standing man towers over another picture of the big cat. The message is clear: Bend down in leopard country, and you might become a target. It is incredibly hot in these days just before the ...
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NEWSLINK: Tiger Temple: Where You Can Play With REAL Tigers

Tiger Temple: Where You Can Play With REAL Tigers
YouTube
The beautiful big cats are pictured at the controversial Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, where around 100 live alongside Buddhist monks. Many were brought to the reserve as cubs and have grown up around humans. But even so these pictures ...
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NEWSLINK: Collaring the big cats

Collaring the big cats
Methow Valley News
Jumping out of bed on freezing winter nights, heading out on snowmobiles into the Methow Valley backcountry, traversing miles of tough terrain on snowshoes – members of the Okanogan Cougar Project Team say they've loved every minute of it. For the past ...
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NEWSLINK: Another big cat found dead in Uttarakhand

Another big cat found dead in Uttarakhand
Hindustan Times
Meanwhile, tiger deaths are continuously being reported from all parts of the state including CTR and Rajaji National Park. The forest department is responsible for these deaths as despite all efforts, the department has failed to conserve big cats in ...
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NEWSLINK: Wild lynx to be brought back to British countryside

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10080527/Wild-lynx-to-be-brought-back-to-British-countryside.html

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NEWSLINK: Man fights off cougar with skateboard; Parks Canada tracking animal

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/man-fights-off-cougar-with-skateboard-parks-canada-tracking-animal-1.1297918