Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: David Spencer RIP, Lancashire, Scotland, Bucks

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do and is a fairly tedious task so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Son's tribute as big cat watcher David Spencer, 74, dies
This is Leicestershire
Tributes have been paid to a man who made it his goal to prove the existence of big cats in Leicestershire and Rutland. Retired De Montfort University textiles lecturer David Spencer set up Leicestershire and Rutland Panther Watch after a close encounter ...

I met David once, at Merrily Harpur's conference in Leicestershire in 2006. He seemed a genuinely nice guy. The Cryptozoological world will be poorer without him.

Big cat in Sale?
Messenger Newspapers
The Sale resident said: “I saw a very large cat, black in colour. “I thought at first it was a fox, by the way it was standing but realised that it was a large cat. It had solid muscular legs. ”It looked at me and then slowly walked away. I could see a large tail, which ...

Big cat sighting reported in Leavesden
Watford Observer
A MYSTERIOUS "big cat" has been spotted close to the Warner Brothers film studios in Leavesden by a stunned motorist. Calvin Jayasinghe, 62, spotted the beast in Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, as he was driving to pick up his wife from work in Hemel ...

Invergordon female and dog injured by "large cat"
Ross-Shire Journal
A DOG and its female owner were injured in an encounter with a large "feral" cat in an Invergordon garden, according to police. Northern Constabulary issued a statement today (Tuesday) advising the public not to approach the animal, which is described as a ...

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