Tuesday, 22 December 2015

NEWSLINK: Tennessee has first cougar sighting in 100yrs

In late November, a trail camera caught sight of a cougar in Humphreys County, Tennessee, 70 miles west of Nashville. There have been other big-cat sightings in West and Middle Tennessee this year that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has verified, as well. TWRA spokesman Don King says that a cougar “[had] not been confirmed by state authorities in Tennessee in perhaps 100 years” until these recent reports. Speculation about Tennessee mountain lions has been a source of myth and lore in the region for about as long.


UK SIGHTING: Dursley man reports seeing big cats

A Dursley man has seen what he believed to be a pair of big cats hunting on the outskirts of the town.

The man was cycling to work in a morning roughly a month ago when he witnessed the pair apparently hunting a domestic cat.


NEWSLINK: Big cat prowls close to village and kills bull

A quiet morning with welcome sunshine turned out to be a busy and tense day for Karanaipuducherry near Vandalur as a leopard ventured very close to the village. The big cat killed a bull and fled back into the forest when villagers gathered in huge numbers, though it initially it acted a little aggressive.


Monday, 21 December 2015

UK SIGHTING: Is big cat behind sheep kills?

Could a big cat be behind savage sheep kills in fields north of Gloucester?

Farmers in and around the Norton area said they had heard of several sheep being killed in the last few weeks at The Leigh.


NEWSLINK: Lion cub dies after poisoning and attack

A famous lion cub featured on a BBC wildlife documentary has died after being poisoned and injured by a buffalo.

The male lion, called Alan, had to be put down by vets in Kenya on Wednesday.


NEWSLINK: Poisoned lions back on the prowl

Eight lions from the famous Marsh Pride in Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve have recovered from an attack of poisoning – and are roaming the savannah once more.

Yesterday they were well enough to be hunting again and were feeding on a buffalo they had killed.


Sunday, 13 December 2015

VIDEO: Tiger makes friends with its meal

When Timur the goat was put inside Amur the tiger's pen at Russia's Far Eastern Safari Park, it was with the expectation that Amur was going to be having himself some dinner. But that's not what happened.

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NEWSLINK: Mountain lion sightings in Reno

A mountain lion was reportedly spotted in southwest Reno on Monday morning, a spokesman with the Nevada Department of Wildlife said.

The Reno Police Department reported the mountain lion sighting at about 4:30 a.m. to NDOW, spokesman Chris Healy said. The big cat was allegedly seen in the area near Mayberry Drive, Healy said.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

RESEARCH ARTICLE: Non-Invasive Pregnancy Diagnosis in Big Cats

Non-invasive monitoring of hormones using feces has become a vital tool for reproductive management and reliable pregnancy diagnosis in big cats. Previous studies described the PGF2α metabolite (PGFM) as an indicator of pregnancy in various feline species. The present study aimed to standardize pregnancy detection in big cats like the tiger (Panthera tigris), jaguar (Panthera onca) and lion (Panthera leo) using fecal samples


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

ARTICLE: Africa's Best Kept Secret: An Ultra-Luxury, Ultra-Eco Safari Lodge

It’s National Geographic’s Big Cat Week, time to turn our attention to the plight of the beleaguered felines of the world, the lions, leopards, cheetahs and tigers facing pressure from poachers, environmental destruction, crazed Chinese medicine practitioners and Minnesota dentists. If you want to see many of these majestic animals at their best, in high style, while doing good, there are few better places to consider than Zarafa. This ultra-luxury, ultra eco conscious lodge may be Africa’s best kept travel secret.


ARTICLE: Big Cat Fossils: Early Ancestors Might Have Killed Off The Saber-Toothed Tiger

New fossils indicate that the saber-toothed tiger of ancient times might have been killed by our early ancestors, according to BBC News.

The homo heidelbergensis were the first human ancestors to use wooden tools like spears for hunting deer.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

NEWSLINK: New Mountain Lion Found in Santa Monica Mountains

There's a great big cat roaming the western end of the Santa Monicas, according to the National Park Service. An adult male puma previously undocumented by biologists was captured and collared by Park Service biologists in November, bringing the possible total of adult male cats in the Santa Monicas to three.


VIDEO: Black panther attacks zookeeper

This is NOT the correct way to feed big cats. Watch as this careless zookeeper gets way too close to these leopards, and he pays the price

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NEWSLINK: Boxer given 'pet' tiger as birthday present

On Thursday, boxer Floyd Mayweather shared a photo on social media of “a rare and exotic tiger from India” he said he had received as a gift.


NEWSLINK: Are cougars moving south? Sighting confirmed in Tennessee

Big cat sightings happen on occasion in Alabama and the rest of the South, but they are very rarely verified by wildlife officials.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency issued a warning on Wednesday after confirming an image of a cougar was captured on a trail camera in Humphreys County, a rural area in Middle Tennessee, last week.


Friday, 4 December 2015

ARTICLE: Jamala Wildlife Lodge gives you an up-close African wildlife experience

If you've ever lived with a cat, you will know they don’t give two hoots (or a meow) about you (except at dinner time). They don’t care when you are happy to see them. They don’t care that you are watching their every hilarious, cute-when-they’re-hungry and downright rude move. They will not come closer when you call them. In fact, they will go out of their way not to look at you. It can feel as if you are not there at all.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

ARTICLE: Beast of Bolton and possible link to WWII American aircrews

Following a rash of alleged recent sightings of the Beast of Bolton, we chatted to British Big Cat Society founder and Boltonian, Danny Bamping, about the likelihood of its existence.

Danny, originally from Bromley Cross, set up the British Big Cat Society 20 years ago after spotting a large cat-like creature himself in Kent.


NEWSLINK: Nine injured in leopard attack

At least nine people were injured in an attack by a leopard in Telangana's Medak district on Tuesday, police said.

After five-hour-long struggle, forest officials managed to captured the animal.