Big cat warning as pumas ‘hunting in UK countryside’ maul seven sheep to death

A big cat expert has claimed wild pumas are hunting in the countryside after a farmer reported seven of his sheep had been mauled to death.

Frank Tunbridge, 73, believes two pumas are to blame for the "clinical" deaths and ruled out a random dog attack.

A farmer in Snowdonia contacted Frank for his opinion and whether there is evidence of a larger predator.

Frank said: "I have since set up two cameras. Glimpses of the animals have been scant.

"However, the mode of how the sheep were killed is unlike that of what dogs will do.

"Big cats are silent, stealthy, clinical and kill with a bite to their prey’s neck. They are clean and efficient – unlike the messy approach of dogs.

"The amount of sheep killed points to one or two large animals being responsible."

Frank believes many big cats were released into the wild at the time of the Dangerous Animals Act of 1976.

He said: "It is easy to imagine big cats living and breeding in this area and, as the name suggests, mountain lions are more at home on higher terrain.

"They would be at home in the wide reaches of Snowdonia."

In the latest sighting reported to Puma Watch North Wales (PWNW), a motorist claims to have spotted a puma at around 5.45 pm on January 3.

Chris was travelling eastbound on the A55 in Denbighshire when he claims he spotted the animal near the Rhaullt roundabout at the bottom of Rhault Hill.

He told the group: "I was driving towards Chester on the A55 and just before the Rhuallt Hill noticed a large animal sprint along the tree line.

"It was dark and I only saw for a couple of seconds as was travelling at speed, but the animal was also sprinting in the opposite direction towards the Rhuallt roundabout."

He added: "It was much larger than any domestic animal which is why it caught my attention."

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