North Yorkshire big cat fears after sheep is savaged

A BIG cat is feared to be on the prowl in North Yorkshire after a sheep was savaged and killed.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed the evidence suggests a panther-like creature could be responsible for the attack near Ravensworth, Richmond.

All that was left of the sheep was its skeleton. Flesh had been stripped from the remains of the sheep and wildlife officers from the North Yorkshire force have been liaising with experts from the Big Cats Society.

PC John Wilbor, rural crime officer for North Yorkshire Police, said: “The evidence seems to fit with a possible big cat attack.”

The cat could be the same one spotted earlier in the year on Ilkley Moor. It is feared the animal may have roamed 40 miles north in search of food. Another sheep carcass was found at Whashton, near Kirby Hill, last week.

Mark Fraser, of Big Cats in Britain, believes the cat could be a black leopard, which can be more than seven feet long.

It is not the first time a “big cat” has thought to have roamed in North Yorkshire. There have been reports of big cats on the A1237 York outer ring road, near the A19 and A64.

In 1995, police in Malton even opened a file on the so-called Beast Of Ryedale, when a cream-colored puma-type animal was spotted. In May 2006, an image was captured by a dog-walker as he strolled in a field near the A19 at Osgodby showing a black panther-like creature.

A month later there were two sightings of big cat-like creatures near Tadcaster. A motorist called police after she saw an animal dash across the road in front of her car while another driver spotted a tiger-like beast.

In December 2008, a visitor to York was on her way back to Newcastle on a coach trip when she saw a beast on the A1M. She said it was pure black and had “bright, emerald green eyes”, and the base of its tail was seven or eight inches round.

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8:32am Wed 1 Dec 10

deuteronomy says...

yes i saw it on saturday just as the sun was setting, i had to run very fast as i was in the process of fleeing a howling lycanthrope like creature, just beside the lake. i think the lake was called lake placid or something. meeee howwwww
yes i saw it on saturday just as the sun was setting, i had to run very fast as i was in the process of fleeing a howling lycanthrope like creature, just beside the lake. i think the lake was called lake placid or something. meeee howwwww deuteronomy

8:32am Wed 1 Dec 10

Woody Mellor says...

Ah. I was wondering where Tiddles had got to.
Ah. I was wondering where Tiddles had got to. Woody Mellor

8:45am Wed 1 Dec 10

Pete the Brickie says...

I wouldn't want to be a sheep at the moment, yesterday it was rustlers now a bloody tiger, what chance have they got of living out a peaceful existence before getting to the shelves at Morrisons. By coincidence we saw a Tiger on site only yesterday in Rhichmond. We were just having a bowl of Frosties and the bloody thing jumped right up from nowhere and shouted”they’re great” right in my lug hole. Luckily for me my labourer smacked it with a shovel before it could endorse any other cereal products or worse. I’ve no idea what happened to it or how it’s surviving now but it won’t interrupt our break again.
I wouldn't want to be a sheep at the moment, yesterday it was rustlers now a bloody tiger, what chance have they got of living out a peaceful existence before getting to the shelves at Morrisons. By coincidence we saw a Tiger on site only yesterday in Rhichmond. We were just having a bowl of Frosties and the bloody thing jumped right up from nowhere and shouted”they’re great” right in my lug hole. Luckily for me my labourer smacked it with a shovel before it could endorse any other cereal products or worse. I’ve no idea what happened to it or how it’s surviving now but it won’t interrupt our break again. Pete the Brickie

8:50am Wed 1 Dec 10

idlehousewife says...

Guess the fancy dress shop might be able to help with the rustler's identification!
Guess the fancy dress shop might be able to help with the rustler's identification! idlehousewife

9:01am Wed 1 Dec 10

invisibleman says...

Must have escaped off the number 4 bus - T
Must have escaped off the number 4 bus - T invisibleman

9:26am Wed 1 Dec 10

Yorkenstein says...

Don't stray from the path....
Don't stray from the path.... Yorkenstein

11:20am Wed 1 Dec 10

voiceofnormalpeople says...

cool, not supprised really though!, there was fully documented reports of missing exotic cats from private owners and zoos alike, none of which related to finding the escapies. i just wish that in this day and age some 1 may see 1 while having a mobile camera phone on them that could prove each way if these creatures have managed to survive!
cool, not supprised really though!, there was fully documented reports of missing exotic cats from private owners and zoos alike, none of which related to finding the escapies. i just wish that in this day and age some 1 may see 1 while having a mobile camera phone on them that could prove each way if these creatures have managed to survive! voiceofnormalpeople

1:32pm Wed 1 Dec 10

BL2 says...

I blame giant alligators from the sewers...

Security word - food-seek! Haha!
I blame giant alligators from the sewers... Security word - food-seek! Haha! BL2

1:37pm Wed 1 Dec 10

Hieronymous says...

There is quite a lot of film/video around, but it's only really useful if the creature is photoraphed very close to something with known dimensions. A year or two back there was some impressive footage of a cat-like creature walking on a Scottish railway line; when it turned across the track, its nose and tail overhung the rails at each end, so obviously not your domestic moggy!
There is quite a lot of film/video around, but it's only really useful if the creature is photoraphed very close to something with known dimensions. A year or two back there was some impressive footage of a cat-like creature walking on a Scottish railway line; when it turned across the track, its nose and tail overhung the rails at each end, so obviously not your domestic moggy! Hieronymous

3:41pm Wed 1 Dec 10

catswhiskers says...

Nice to see the Press is recycling stories that were in the weekend papers, but has nothing about the woman who was rescued from the Ouse last night near Skeldergate Bridge.
Nice to see the Press is recycling stories that were in the weekend papers, but has nothing about the woman who was rescued from the Ouse last night near Skeldergate Bridge. catswhiskers

8:18pm Wed 1 Dec 10

humpty numpty says...

piaggio and i were sat in the Slaughtered Lamb" having a beer and piaggio said to me "i wonder how this pub got its name"
piaggio and i were sat in the Slaughtered Lamb" having a beer and piaggio said to me "i wonder how this pub got its name" humpty numpty

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