Wild the­ory on big cats in Bri­tain

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE -

PU­MAS and pan­thers are breed­ing and thriv­ing in the UK, ac­cord­ing to the writer of a shock new book.

En­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant Rick Min­ter, author of

claims there are “scores, pos­si­bly hundreds” of wild big cats roam­ing the Bri­tish coun­try­side.

But he reck­ons that au­thor­i­ties are “in de­nial” about the ex­is­tence of the beasts, de­spite re­peated sight­ings and ev­i­dence of live­stock mu­ti­la­tions.

Min­ter says: “These cats are part of our land evolv­ing, shap­ing the ecosys­tem as a new apex preda­tor.”

There are sev­eral the­o­ries about how the big cats got here.

One is that gang­sters own the beasts as sta­tus sym­bol pets be­fore get­ting bored and re­leas­ing them into the wild.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.