Saturday, 25 January 2014

UK SIGHTINGS: Police contacted about big cat sightings in Devon and Cornwall

Falmouth Packet: Panthers in Penryn and lions at Longdowns. Police contacted about big cat sightings in Devon and CornwallPeople in Devon and Cornwall are convinced panthers, pumas, and even a tiger, are roaming the counties, if reports to police are to be believed, with one person from Helston saying a large cat knocked something over in their garden.
A Freedom of Information request to the force asked how many reports of ‘big cats’ have been made, and the details of these reports and what people claim to have seen.
The police searched their database for the October 2012 to October 2013 period and came up with 11 hits.
Apart from the mystery large cat knocking things over in a Helston garden, a caller from St Blazey said they had spotted a large cat, not a normal domesticated one in May 2013.
The majority of reports are from Devon, with one caller from Exmouth saying they had spotted a tiger. However there may be a less exciting reason for the sighting, with a note on the report that an officer had spoken to care home staff and that they would check on the caller.
In Efford near Plymouth last February a ‘hunting man’ reported what he was sure was a puma, saying it was definitely not a domestic cat or dog. Approximately 18 inches tall, it held its head high, and the tail curved upwards.read more

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