Big cats in
There has never been one found dead or died, but then you never seem to find
dead deer or dead badgers other than road kill. UK
The discussion has come around again, about whether there are big “big cats” loose around
There is so called evidence of sheep being killed and half eaten, and it had to be something big to have done that.
There is sure to be the odd escapees from zoo’s and private premises, but whether there is any actually breeding in the wild in
been proved. UK
My own experience in 1992 in a field of twenty five eighteen month old store cattle standing in the middle of a sixteen acre field one frosty morning. They were just standing in the centre of the field in a tight huddle at first light, and from the distance the steam was rising off them in the still morning air.
Every morning they come down to the buildings to have their feed of silage, and they all come as soon as they see the tractor moving about the yard. On this particular morning they would not move, and after another half hour I went up to call them again and right up to the group. It was obvious they were thoroughly traumatised and tried to drive them, but all they did was to mill round with no one beast wanting to take the lead.
They were still steaming an hour later, and decided to take a ring feeder and the silage up to them; although they would be hungry none of them would touch the feed.
I then had a look round the field to see what had upset them so much, there was skidding hoof marks all around ripping up the wet winter turf, then at the top of the field the fence between me and my neighbour was flat down. It was a length of about ten posts smashed down where they had been stampeded through, then further along the same again only a similar smashed length of fence where they had come back. All knocked down in the direction they were stampeding.
More general discussions on big cats currently on the Farmers Weekly forums January 2012