Friday, 9 August 2019

ARTICLE: Reports of mountain lions and pumas stalking Irish countryside

Today is International Cat Day, a day dedicated to showering even more love and affection on our (usually uninterested) pet felines.

Irish people are cat lovers through and through—an example of which can be seen in this Irish woman’s adoption of a sick street kitten in Athens—but the only cats found in Ireland are the domesticated pets.

Or at least that’s what we’ve been told…

For years Ireland has been plagued with the odd unexplained sighting of big cats.
And when we say Big we don’t mean the neighbour’s cat Snowy is looking a bit overweight— some people are convinced they have seen panthers, leopards and pumas roaming around the Irish countryside.

Most recently, in 2018 there were several sightings of a mountain lion in areas around Cork—these sightings were coupled with increased livestock killings and less foxes around the area, and led to the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals putting down traps and cameras near the places the big cat was spotted.

They didn’t catch anything.

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