Author Topic: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales  (Read 2557 times)

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Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« on: November 30, 2010, 04:02:09 PM »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8166017/Big-cat-blamed-for-string-of-livestock-attacks-in-Wales.html

Okay I can understand this in the US where big cats have been increasing their range moving back into areas they were wiped out from 125+ years ago.  But in the UK?  How does a big cat like a puma go missing in the UK and not get reported?

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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 04:43:22 PM »
well, it is wales :)

Seriously, there are lots of big cats around, allegedly. Many are meant to have been released rather than comply with the dangerous animals act when it came in (logic which defies, er, logic!) and bred so there are now second and third generation wild cats out there..... but it has rather taken on 'conspiracy theory' status with allegations of cover ups and no actual proof that they really exist.


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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 05:44:36 PM »
In the 70's we had the dangerous animals act, which made it really difficult to keep the animals that could be bought.

So people released them into the wild. There have been numerous sitings over the years in various parts of the UK that have large open land masses. Kind of cool really.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk

This beast was bought in Harrods in London!

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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 05:51:01 PM »
I am probably moving to Wales sometime in the next year or two, so I hope I am not insulting my future neighbours by stating that:

* Welsh people are on average smaller than the rest of the UK.
* their cats are the same size as the rest of the UK.

.... just a thought ;)


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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2010, 09:40:40 PM »
I am probably moving to Wales sometime in the next year or two,

You are? Lovely as it will be to have you down this general direction, why? Its very welsh, you know?

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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010, 09:42:53 PM »
I do remember you moaing quite a lot about having to "enter" Wales, or was that Peter?

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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2010, 10:32:38 PM »
>>dangerous animals act

Ahh that explains it.  We had similar.  Back in the early 60's a family in our neighborhood kept a mountain lion in a large pen.  Looking back I'm amazed that nobody thought much of it at the time. Once in awhile we'd hear the yowl of the beast several blocks away and everyone would pause for a minute and then just carry on, once we had identified what the sound was. Not the kind of sound you expect in Indiana.  Eventually keeping large cats was outlawed and I remember my mother saying she was glad because keeping them in a small pen was cruel. 

Strange times back then. I suppose some were released into the wild.

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Re: Big Cat Blamed for Livestock Deaths in Wales
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 12:40:27 PM »
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why? Its very welsh, you know?

Nah - we would be in North Wales - its 50% Scousers there... not exactly an improvement, I know, but it keeps the house prices down :)