Monday, 1 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Big cat on Icrisat campus finally caught

TNN | Aug 25, 2014, 03.11AM IST

HYDERABAD: After five months of playing hide and seek, the leopard that had made the sprawling International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) campus its home, was finally captured early on Sunday. 

The five-year-old big cat was at large ever since it was spotted on the campus five months ago. Several attempts were made by forest officials to trap it, including with live bait and even a perfume containing pheromones. When these did not work, they tried to lure it with a female panther brought from the zoo. But the animal, which the officials termed as 'smart', remained elusive. But on Sunday morning its luck ran out after it got caught in a snare kept near a live bait. The zoo staff who reached the spot after being informed by Icrisat officials tranquilized and relieved the leopard from the trap. Its health was assessed and when veterinarians gave the go ahead, it was transported to Mannanur in the Srisailam Tiger Reserve area, about 200 km from Patancheru, where it was let loose. 

CANADA SIGHTINGS: Big cat roaming Edmonton likely a lynx, not a cougar



A large cat padding around the central part of the city on Sunday was likely a lynx, not a cougar, officials say.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, calls came into police from people saying they saw a large cat -- that appeared to be as big as a cougar -- roaming around near the Old Timers' Cabin on Scona Road.

An Alberta Justice spokesman said Monday that while Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were unable to locate the animal, it "was likely not a cougar."

"From the description, it could have been a lynx, but they're not really considered a public safety threat. It's rare enough to see them and it's extremely rare for them to make any contact with humans," Brendan Cox said.

"There are a lot of rabbits in the city and they (Lynx) do like to prey on rabbits, so it's possible there may have been one looking for rabbits."

UK SIGHTINGS: Motorist spots ‘big cat’ on the prowl

by victoria West

Published on the26August 

A motorist believes he saw a ‘big cat’ on the prowl in Hemel Hempstead - and thinks it could be the offspring of a giant feline spotted near the area in recent years.

CCTV engineer Haroon Khan was travelling home from work along Bunkers Lane when he made the mysterious discovery.

“The legs looked quite chunky. It definitely wasn’t a normal cat, it was too big,” he said.

“There were some other sightings near Abbots Langley and Kings Langley - Bunkers Lane is going towards there. There was a sighting of a big cat a few years ago so it is probably its cub.

“It was just walking along the road by the bushes. I stopped and reversed to see if I could see it but it was quite dense.

“Other people might have seen something.”

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UK SIGHTINGS - Is there a big cat on the loose in Cirencester?

First published Wednesday 27 August 2014 in News
by Brendan McFadden, Reporter

A BIG cat has been spotted on the loose in Cirencester.

The Standard was informed that a black big cat was seen in a field next to Cirencester Rugby Football Club on Sunday August 17 at 4pm.

Police spokesman Nigel Sargeant said the police have received no big cat reports.

Chairman of Cirencester Rugby Football Club, Tim Thompson said nobody from the club had sighted any of the animals.

“I have not seen anything and not heard a thing. We had a committee meeting recently and nobody said anything.”

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

UK SIGHTINGS - Big cat sighting claim at Aberporth

A large black 'panther-like' creature has been spotted in woodland near Aberporth.
Local resident Jane Bowling was walking her labrador dog in the Gilwen valley when she spotted the animal which she claims was twice as big as her pet.
“I had just reached this gate near an old quarry when I turned round and I saw this large cat emerging from the bushes to my left,” she said.
“It then ran across the field about 50-70 yards away from where I stood. I didn't actually see it clear the fence on the other side but it was way too big to have gone under it. I just couldn't believe my eyes.”
Mrs Bowling later told landowner Rhys Evans what she had seen.
Mr Evans, who keeps sheep on the field, said: "“Jane came round- read more

NEWSLINK-Big Cat Heaven

SHELTON, Wash.--If you're a big cat without a home, where can you go? The Wild Felid Advocacy Center in Shelton, Washington is the perfect place.
"She wouldn't have made it on her own at all in the wild." Shelleen Matthews said about a cougar named Hannah.
Shelleen and her husband Mark took the cougar in after Hannah's mother got killed by a car in Eastern Washington.
Hannah is one of 39 cats they care for. They have everything from a leopard, bobcats, lynx and more. It's the state's only non-profit big cat sanctuary.
"They're just really special. And they need a place to go," said Shelleen.
They're not looking to adopt them out. This is where they will live out their days.
It's a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day a week job that the Matthews dedicate their lives to. And, they are willing to give up their lives, too, if need be.
"We're not oblivious to what can happen," Shelleen said with a Bobcat in a perch over her shoulder.
"Anybody that does what we do would tell you, if something really bad happened to them because of the cats, it's fine."
But, she's glad they can do something good for cats who otherwise might never find a home.TO SEE VIDEO LINK

NEWSLINK-Bring back the big cats: is it time to start rewilding Britain?

The lynx may be brought back to Britain and areas of damaged landscape could be repaired. Photo: Ruggero Maramotti/Gallery Stock
One of the few surviving accounts by the Britons of what the Anglo-Saxons did to them is Y Gododdin. It tells the story of what may have been the last stand in England of the Gododdin – the tribes of the Hen Ogledd, or Old North – in 598AD. A force of 300 warriors – the British version of the defenders of Thermopylae – took on a far greater army of Angles at a town named in Brittonic as Catraeth, which was probably Catterick in North Yorkshire. Like the Spartan 300, they fought for three days, during which all but four were killed.
The Anglo-Saxon conquest appears to have crushed the preceding cultures much more decisively than the later suppression of the Anglo-Saxons by the Normans. One indication is the remarkable paucity of Brittonic words in the English language. Even if you accept the most generous derivations, there appear to be no more than a couple of dozen, of which only four are used in daily conversation: dad, gob, beak and basket. It was an obliteration almost as complete as that of the Native American cultures in the United States.
Y Gododdin was written by one of the four survivors of the battle, the poet Aneirin. He tells how the last warriors of the Gododdin gathered in Din Eidyn, the town we now call Edinburgh. (Several Scottish cities, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, have Welsh – or, more precisely, Cumbric – names.) They feasted there for a year before marching south, towards certain death in Catraeth. In the middle of Aneirin’s gory saga is something incongruous: a sad and beautiful lullaby called “Pais Dinogad” (Dinogad’s Smock), in which a mother tells her son of his dead father’s mastery of hunting. It names the animals he killed. Most were easy for scholars to-READ MORE