‘Closest sighting yet’ of big cat in Pembrokeshire

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Nature
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From the article:

A former police officer has described his close encounter with what he believes is a puma or panther roaming wild in Pembrokeshire.

Michael Disney said the animal passed just in front of his car near the village of Treffgarne on Wednesday.

He said he was “100% certain” it was a “puma or panther-like animal.”

The council called it “the closest anyone has been to a big cat” and “further proof” that they are roaming the county.

The police and the Welsh Assembly Government have been informed.

Mr Disney, who now works for Pembrokeshire’s public protection division, said the encounter took place in broad daylight.

In a statement that has been passed to police he said he was travelling about 10 – 15 mph on a single-track lane when the animal crossed 5m in front of his car.

“I immediately stopped my vehicle and stared at this animal,” he said.

“It had a large cat-like head, muscular build and was approximately three feet tall.

“It was bigger and more muscular than a German Shepherd dog. The coat was smooth and looked like it had brown spots on it.

“I had a clear, unobstructed view of the animal and the visibility was excellent.

“The animal was in my view for fully five to six seconds, the time it took to cover the width of the road and then disappear into the undergrowth at the side.

Finally someone with a little more credibility then your average farmer, not that they are lying but police officers are trained to recall what they have seen.

Something strange is going on in the UK countryside.

Original site.

WOG out.


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