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Old 02-08-2016, 20:39
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Roving the Teme recently I came upon some very fresh tracks that I hadn't seen before! A quick rough measure and these prints where approximately 4 inches across, what I couldn't understand is that there where no claw marks like a dogs. I generally fish until an hour after sunset, that evening I heard strange noises, not small but something within close proximity.
I made noises and shone my very bright torch in the noises direction. Usually if a fox/badger or deer is around they flee. This thing just kept close by.

I know there are rumours of big cats but has anything like this happened to anyone else? ?
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Old 02-08-2016, 21:34
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I very much doubt whether a big cat (and apparently there are some in Worcestershire), would come anywhere near a human. They'd smell you a mile off!!

That's a not a dig at your personal hygiene Jeff!
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Old 02-08-2016, 21:43
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There was supposedly a big cat spotted on the Swale at Asenby.
Not sure how accurate the report was as the guy did like to partake herbal remedies.
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Old 02-08-2016, 21:44
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4" across!!!!???? It would have to be a lion or a tiger!
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Old 02-08-2016, 21:52
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Jeff did you take a photo as this would help in recognition...as for a big cat there is absolutely no evidence that any are roaming free and both badger and wild boar prints are about 10cm but a badger should have claw marks.
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Old 02-08-2016, 23:05
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4" across!!!!???? It would have to be a lion or a tiger!
Guess you don't get what approximately means.

John Care I've spent time on the bank and heard allsorts. When this happened the wildlife went quiet. It was spooky. I didn't hear anything not a thing.
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Old 02-08-2016, 23:16
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4" across!!!!???? It would have to be a lion or a tiger!
A Teme tiger? Nah, no such thing.

But seriously, Jeff, your instincts sound as if they're in tune. The mind boggles at what could be out there. I would expect, though someone else to come across it, and/or disappearing livestock.
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Old 02-08-2016, 23:19
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Guess you don't get what approximately means.
What was the ground like where the tracks were? If it was mud, or soft from rain, then it's likely that their size and shape would be slightly exaggerated.

Also, and I'm not saying "it was just a dog", but some small dogs have very big paws. There must be other otherwise unthreatening animals that leave imposing tracks.
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Old 02-08-2016, 23:34
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There have been a number of big cat sightings in my neck of the woods usually Puma /Panther sized creatures . I firmly believe that they are out there . I am aware of a local vet who saw one .There was a report on the Yorkshire Ouse thread 2014 by a BFW member . You will find that farmers / land workers [ who are most likely to see them given their occupations ] tend to keep quiet and just arrange for them to be shot given their penchant for lambs etc
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Old 02-08-2016, 23:37
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What was the ground like where the tracks were? If it was mud, or soft from rain, then it's likely that their size and shape would be slightly exaggerated.

Also, and I'm not saying "it was just a dog", but some small dogs have very big paws. There must be other otherwise unthreatening animals that leave imposing tracks.
The ground underneath was gravel with very firm silt record the print
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