Royal Marines search for alien cat?

#1
I was just wondering if there was any truth in what I read on this website. It claims that in the 1980's the ministry of agriculture called in the Royal Marines to deal with a giant cat roaming exmoor gobling up sheep.

This elusive creature which is still sighted to this day was given its name back in 1983 after reports of a panther type creature killing livestock started to gather momentum.

An estimate of 80 sheep slaughtered that year together with the baffling tracks and marks left only helped to fuel the legend.

This is in deep contrast to some researcher belief that witnesses are misidentifying known creatures such as domestic cats that would prefer to eat something served to them from a tin.

One interesting point is that there is a belief by some researchers that the beast is descended from an escaped Black Puma that mated with a Leopard.

In 1988 as the number of sheep killed the Ministry of Agriculture stepped in who in turn called in the Royal Marines who carried out a massive search for the creature.

This was an interesting move from a department who up to that point had dismissed reports of Alien Big Cats as a form of mass hysteria on behalf of confused witnesses.


So is there any truth to this story then? Is the squirrel in danger of losing its position as most dangerous animal native to the UK? :biggrin:
 

penrecon

Lantern Swinger
#3
There were many reports of this animal (or animals) around Exmoor at that time, my parents lived in West Somerset in the mid-late seventies and I recall this being reported.

I live in Monmouthshire now and there have been a number of sightings of large cats here in recent years and it seems pretty likely that there's truth in the reports, as remains of sheep have been found quite regularly. in this area as on Exmoor there are also plenty of deer from them to prey on.

It's believed that these animals came to be living wild after being released by private owners following a change in the law some time back, which meant they couldn't any longer be legally kept.
 
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In_my_day

Guest
#4
amazonian said:
I was just wondering if there was any truth in what I read on this website. It claims that in the 1980's the ministry of agriculture called in the Royal Marines to deal with a giant cat roaming exmoor gobling up sheep.

This elusive creature which is still sighted to this day was given its name back in 1983 after reports of a panther type creature killing livestock started to gather momentum.

An estimate of 80 sheep slaughtered that year together with the baffling tracks and marks left only helped to fuel the legend.

This is in deep contrast to some researcher belief that witnesses are misidentifying known creatures such as domestic cats that would prefer to eat something served to them from a tin.

One interesting point is that there is a belief by some researchers that the beast is descended from an escaped Black Puma that mated with a Leopard.

In 1988 as the number of sheep killed the Ministry of Agriculture stepped in who in turn called in the Royal Marines who carried out a massive search for the creature.

This was an interesting move from a department who up to that point had dismissed reports of Alien Big Cats as a form of mass hysteria on behalf of confused witnesses.


So is there any truth to this story then? Is the squirrel in danger of losing its position as most dangerous animal native to the UK? :biggrin:
The squirrel would definitely lose out to whatever cat it was. I was one of those that went there, not searching but in armed OPs to kill it. We were based on several affected farms and deployed for several days (nights) at a time into the OPs I saw some of the sheep carcasses, they were effectively stripped including ribs. We also saw paw prints; which a guy from Paignton Zoo (?) explained to us. I don't think anyone got a shot at it but sevearl guys did catch glimpses.

IMD
 

ollie123

Lantern Swinger
#5
I heard that they caught that thing.

After all these years it wasn't a Puma or single breed.

It was a mix between a Panther and a Picos.

I hadn't heard of a Picos either, so I asked.

My Dad replied '£1.27 at Tescos son'.
 

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