Nevermind the Serengeti, Dorset is, arguably, where you are most likely to bump into a big cat, according to Merrily Harpur, author of two books on the subject – Mystery Big Cats and Roaring Dorset! Encounters with Big Cats.
Category: Big Cats
Add to that the eerie atmosphere of dense woodland at night and it is enough to make the hairs on your neck stand on end.
But, that is what greeted two men who were out on a shooting trip in an East Yorkshire wood.
Thankfully reports where big cats have attacked someone are rare, but the following article entitled ‘Big cat chases jogger…is the ‘beast’ of Sydenham back?’ which appeared on the Newshopper website (14 December 2009) gives an account of a very close encounter with one.
ELTHAM residents fear a big cat is on the loose after foxes were found ripped to shreds.
Laura Downes, 47, of Westmount Road, Eltham, discovered a dead fox in her back garden and thought there was nothing sinister involved.
But when she looked out an hour later nothing was left except clumps of fur, scattered around the garden.
On 1 September 2009 Newshopper published an article by Scott Mullins entitled ‘My pursuit of the elusive Palace Puma’ in which he gives the following description of an encounter at Crystal Palace.
This 300 feet high round hill, historically surrounded by ancient woodland once had a beacon upon its summit which was part of the beacon chain used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.