Cotswolds big cat evidence mounts
For the second time this year the remains of a deer have been discovered in the Cotswolds, this time in the Woodchester Park estate near Stroud. Later this week the National Trust is expected to reveal the results of DNA tests, which may prove either way if it was the victim of a big cat.
Big cat experts said this morning that they're not surprised that there has been a second incident. Frank Tunbridge who examines carcasses from many supposed big cat attacks and researches sightings said that during the winter months these big cats are forced out into more exposed areas in search of food. "This is the sort of report we get almost every week but it's attracting attention because of the Woodchester find."
The new carcass was discovered not long after the predator had killed and eaten it, which means that scientists at Warwick University can carry out DNA tests safe in the knowledge that it's not been contaminated with the DNA of other animals which may have had a nibble.
What do you think? Are there big cats at wild in Britain or is it all myth and legend?
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