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Monday, May 21, 2012


Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world:

Man sights black leopard in Upper Hunter
ABC Online
Leigh saw the large cat for about 6-7 minutes at 10:30am one Spring morning. It appeared to be stalking two foxes, who got wind of it and hid in a shed that it was unable to enter. He didn't own a camera at this time but "three days later I bought a ...

This large black cat was photographed near Casterton forest several years ago ... Herald Sun
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said the search for Victoria's mysterious "big black cat" had been shelved. Department of Primary Industries staff assigned to the hunt have been redirected to the more pressing wild dog problem

Mysterious 'massive' black cat spotted again in Pleasanton hills
San Jose Mercury News
By Robert Jordan This time, the mysterious and elusive large black cat that has reportedly stalked East Bay hills was seen in Pleasanton. Jo Gunderson, a recent San Francisco transplant, was with her 1-year-old daughter Thursday at Alviso Adobe ...

'Fang-Toothed Big Cat' Remains Found In Cullen, Scotland (PICTURES)
Huffington Post UK
A shocked dog walker spoke of his horror on Friday after finding the remains of a 'fang-toothed big cat' at a beauty spot. John Robertson, 50, was walking his two dogs along a rural path when he found the remains of the beast - the size of a large dog ...

DNR Confirms Cougar in Western UP
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports Friday that a photo of the big cat was taken May 5 near Skanee, northwest of Marquette. DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the area Tuesday. Wildlife biologist Adam Bump says in a release that the ...

Mountain lion spotted near Warm Springs Mesa
Officials say the big cat was eating on a deer carcass in a neighbor's front yard. Four Boise Police officers and two Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers spent several hours looking for the lion, but only found fresh tracks leaving the area.

Mountain Lion Living in Griffith Park, Wildlife Study Finds
KCET (blog)
In partnership with Friends of Griffith Park, the following is a reprint of an article ("Big Cat Confirmed") that appears in their recent newsletter. It was written by Miguel OrdeƱana, Gerry Hans, and Bernadette Soter. ~ Zach Behrens It happened on ...

Cougar Sited In Upper Peninsula's Baraga County
CBS Local
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports that a photo of the big cat was taken May 5th near Skanee, northwest of Marquette. A wildlife biologist says that the cougar sighting is the 15th verified by the state in the Upper Peninsula since ...

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