PRESS RELEASE: big Cats roaming the UK|jon_downes||09/03/05 at 12:34:59|jon_downes|xx|0||For Immediate Release
3rd September 2005

Big Cats at large across the UK?

A recently released report lists Big Cat sightings across the UK during July 2005, and makes compelling reading. Each month, Mark Fraser of  the British Big Cat Research Group, and Mark North of the Centre for Fortean Zoology compile a list of the month’s Big Cat sightings in Britain.

The eight page document available at is quite remarkable. Mark Fraser has put together every big cat from he UK for the month of July (2005). It includes reports of sightings of 15 large black cats, 5 brown puma like cats, 2 attacks on domestic livestock, and 1 report, complete with picture, of a 28 pound black domestic cat who is occasionally mistaken for a panther when hunting in fields close to his home (in Devon).

Chris Moiser, a zoologist and author of several books on the subject, says:

“Such reports, including the possible mistakes, as well as the more convincing sightings make analysis of the data much more possible than it is when an annual number. of sightings by cat colour and county are listed. Mark, and those who assist him are to be congratulated and encouraged for producing such a comprehensive report, monthly, on an evolving area of British Natural History.”

Chris’s latest book, “When The Cat’s Away”, is available now. Though it is a novel, Chris admits that much of it is true, but that he was forced to present it in a fictionalized setting in order to protect his sources.



+     The Centre for Fortean Zoology is a non profit-making organisation, which was founded in 1992. Over the last 11 years we have mounted expeditions to Central America, Thailand, Mexico, various parts of the United States, as well as numerous investigations in the UK. Further information on the CFZ can be found on their website,

+     C F Z director Jonathan Downes has written numerous books on the subject of mystery animals. The latest, entitled `Monster Hunter` is his long awaited autobiography.

+     The honorary life President of the Centre for Fortean Zoology is renowned explorer, author and soldier Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE, best known for his pioneering Operation Drake and Operation Raleigh expeditions during the 1970s.

+     The CFZ is looking for corporate and private sponsors