Police alert after 'big cat' killngs / Wales|Mark_Fraser|annie100@ukonline.co.uk|07/26/03 at 22:45:27|Mark_Fraser|xx|0|212.134.16.157|From BBC News: July 25, 2003

Police alert after 'big cat' killngs


A spate of sightings of a big cat in north Pembrokeshire are being
investigated.
Police and council officials say there have been numerous reports of the
animal roaming the area.

Farmer John Lewis has lost five lambs in mysterious circumstances over the
past few weeks at his holding at Newport.

He believes a big cat is responsible after finding the body of one of the
lambs.

"I've farmed sheep all my life as my father did before me but never have I
seen anything as bad as this," he said.

"Dogs and foxes always go for the neck.

"But this time whatever attacked the sheep had pounced on it from behind.

"The farmers around Newport are getting extremely worried.

"I'm convinced there is something out there and I'm determined to find out
what it is."

Two other north Pembrokeshire residents have told Pembrokeshire council that
they have spotted a larger than usual feline-type animal several times
recently.

 Where appropriate our inspectors will visit the location of a sighting to
assess if there is any forensic evidence which can be sent off for analysis

Nigel Watts

It was said to be light in colour with black ears and about twice the size
of a normal domestic cat.

A paw print was found at one of the locations where it was seen and has been
photographed for identification purposes.

Nigel Watts of the council's public protection division said the authority
was logging all reported sightings and incidents involving big cats.

"It is part of a dossier we are compiling as sightings have become more and
more frequent over the past few years," he explained.

"Where appropriate our inspectors will visit the location of a sighting to
assess if there is any forensic evidence which can be sent off for analysis.

"We also keep in close touch with the police to ensure that public safety is
not compromised."

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police has urged farmers to be extra vigilant
and to report any unusual sightings to the station at Fishguard.






|| Re: Police alert after 'big cat' killngs / Wales|elliott_saunders|elliott@cfz.org.uk|07/29/03 at 09:31:35|admin|xx|0|217.44.22.15|Talking about ABCs in my local area, many many years ago when I was a young lad :)  My damily were driving back from the Newport area rather late at night, and I'm sure I saw a large luminous eyed cat in one of the hedgerows.  I've dismissed it as late night hallucination, but if there [b]are[/b] supposed ABCs in the area, I wonder if I was right all along.

This was in the early 90s I believe, possibly between Newport and Cwmbran.  Don't ask for specifics, I'm terrible at directions tho  ???|| Re: Police alert after 'big cat' killngs / Wales|jon_downes|jon@cfz.org.uk|08/01/03 at 11:27:36|jon_downes|xx|0|217.44.226.9|From the Western Telegraph: July 31, 2003

Big cat to blame for lamb attacks?

It's been all quiet on the big cat front for some time now. But just when
you thought it was safe, it looks like one of these elusive felines has
finally broken cover.

The north Pembrokeshire farming community was left shaken after five lambs
were mauled by what is believed to be a big cat. Police and veterinary
experts who examined the carcasses revealed it was unlikely a dog or fox was
responsible for the attack.

The owner of the lambs, Newport farmer John Lewis, noticed their injuries
during a routine inspection of his livestock as they grazed on common land
and in the hills surrounding the town.

"When I saw the extent of the lambs' injuries I reported it straight to the
police," said Mr Lewis. "Dogs and foxes always go for the neck, but this
time whatever attacked the sheep pounced on it from behind, pinning it down
and mauling both sides of the back."

During the past month Mr Lewis, who farms Dwr y Felin, has come across a
number of other lambs attacked in the same way and a further ten lambs have
disappeared without a trace from his flock.

"The farmers around Newport are getting extremely worried," said Mr Lewis.
"I'm convinced there is something out there and I'm determined to find out
what it is."

Farmers are urged to keep a close eye on their livestock and report any
unusual incidents to police in Fishguard on 01348 873225 or DEFRA on 08459
335577.

Pembrokeshire County Council has asked its animal welfare inspectors to
investigate the two latest reported incidents involving a cat-like creature
in north Pembrokeshire.

The first involved Newport farmer John Lewis. The second, less
well-publicised incident involved two residents - again from the north of
the county - who have sighted a larger than usual feline-type animal several
times recently.

It was said to be light in colour with black ears and about twice the size
of a normal domestic cat.

A paw print was found at one of the locations where it was seen.

Nigel Watts, principal officer with the county council public protection
division, said the authority's animal welfare team were logging all reported
sightings and incidents involving big cats.

"It is part of a dossier we are compiling as sightings have become more and
more frequent over the past few years" he explained.

"Where appropriate our inspectors will visit the location of a sighting to
assess if there is any forensic evidence which can be sent off for
analysis."

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