We are urging all residents of North Wales to stay indoors after a wild cat has been spotted in St Asaph just days after a sheep’s carcus was found stripped down to the bone with only the head left untouched in a farmer’s field in Denbigh.
The disturbing news reached us this morning after what looks to be a large black puma was spotted on CCTV just off ‘The Roe’ in St Asaph. The dangerous wild cat was spotted walking through the piece of land in between St Aasph cricket club and the farmers market.
Four weeks ago there was another reported sighting of a wild cat in the woods behind Gwrych Castle, the setting of the 2020 ITV series of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’
This sighting is very worrying not only for the residents of St Aasph but North Wales as a whole after what has been a turbulent year with the current Covid-19 crisis.
Britain’s top tracker of big cats says that Britain has a population of leopards and pumas that is breeding and booming. Rhoda Watkins has spent more than 20 years investigating big cats using her specialist knowledge to monitor their behaviour. She has now gathered enough evidence to be certain of the presence of these animals in the UK – and claims there is now a healthy breeding population. Ms Watkins, 42, of Redruth, Cornwall, says she uses her instincts to investigate changes in the natural environment caused by predators.
She honed her skills with the San bushmen in Namibia, who are renowned as the best trackers in the world. Ms Watkins and her partner Jay Opie were approached by the producers of the feature-length documentary, Britain’s Big Cat Mystery, which lifts the lid on the ongoing enigma of wild cats in the UK. It is hoped to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The couple took part in the field expedition part of the programme.
Only a couple of months ago a farmer in Beddgelert (Gwynedd) reported losing 10 sheep over a 6 month period.
Not wanting to reveal the location for fear of people taking guns or dogs into the remote countryside, he said: “Since I took my sheep to the ground in July, I’ve had about ten sheep killed. They’ve all been killed with a single bite to the back of the neck.
“It kills them and eats half of it. If I find it and don’t move it will go back a second or even a third time to eat a portion of it.