Thursday, 24 November 2016

SIGHTING, UK: Woman believes 'huge black shape' is panther

Pulling back the curtains one morning, a Fovant resident caught sight of something rather unusual in the field behind her home.

Sylvia Blaydon says she spotted a “huge black shape” last Monday morning at about 7am, which she believes could have been a type of big cat.

“After looking through the binoculars the only thing that is very, very like it is a panther.” she said.

“I am 100 per cent sure it was a big cat. I’ve seen enough wild animals where I lived in Canada.”

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SIGHTING 'MAP', UK: Where have wild cats been spotted and what are the theories?

More than one big cat sighting is reported to police in Britain every week leading to fears the beasts are now breeding in our countryside.


There have been 455 sightings logged by police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2015.

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Monday, 31 October 2016

ARTICLE: Why International Snow Leopard Day Matters

It would be one of the 10 largest countries in the world. It also would be the 6th least dense country in terms of human population. It is the birthplace of many of the world’s greatest rivers – the Yangtse, Yellow, Ganges, Indus, Amu Darya, and others – that provide life-sustaining water to hundreds of millions of people. All of the mountains on earth that soar above 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) – well over 100 of them – are found here.


This huge, remote, and incredible region is the home to the snow leopard.

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PHOTOS: Meo the snow leopard visits the vet at Melbourne Zoo

Meo the snow leopard is getting old. At age 14, she's at risk of arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease.
So, on her way from Big Cat Row to a new temporary residence behind the scenes at Melbourne Zoo on Monday, Meo swung by the vet surgery for a routine check-up.


"She looks great for her age," says veterinarian Dr Sarah Frith, after giving Meo a general check-up: eyes, ears, teeth and blood samples. "Her teeth are fantastic, eyes excellent and her coat is in good condition."


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REPORT: Poaching driving snow leopards to extinction

With possibly as few as 4,000 snow leopards surviving in the wild, a shock report from TRAFFIC has found that hundreds of the endangered big cats are being killed by poachers each year across their range in Asia's high mountains.
According to the report there could be as few as 4,000 of the cats left in the wild as they are being illegally shot and trapped in alarming numbers.

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NEWSLINK: Is Kansas becoming overrun with mountain lions?

Last month a bowhunter got a surprise when he checked a motion-activated trail camera in Rawlins County, in northwest Kansas. Amid the pictures of deer were two unmistakable images of the same mountain lion.


“I was really, really excited to catch one in photos that clear,” said Justin, who prefers only his first name be used. “I knew it was a pretty big deal.”


It was an even bigger deal when the photos hit social media. Suddenly, it seemed Kansas was over-run with the tawny-colored predators.

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NEWSLINK: Big cat census in VTR from November

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)-mandated third annual tiger census in Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) is likely to commence from the first week of November even though the census results of last year are still not out.


At least 250 pairs of 'camera traps' will be installed over an area of 899 sqkm in the reserve for collecting census data over a period of 90 days. The number of tigers at the state's lone tiger reserve officially stands at 28, according to 2014 census.

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