Big cat spotted in Letterston, Pembrokeshire

Martin Hughes believes he came face to face with a big cat at his small holding in Letterston last week

Martin Hughes believes he came face to face with a big cat at his small holding in Letterston last week

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THE Pembrokeshire panther is on the prowl again, this time in the village of Letterston.

Martin Hughes, of Preseli Animal Homecare, came face to face with what he believes was a panther last Friday night (May 2nd).

“I was putting away our animals when I heard a bit of a commotion with the geese,” said Mr Hughes who runs a small holding in Letterston with his wife.

“I saw a big black animal, I went towards it and then realised what it was. He looked at me and I looked at him and then he shot off with a 30lb goose in his mouth.”

The animal was around 30 feet away from Mr Hughes and the pair stared each other down for about 15 seconds.

“He didn’t expect to see me there and I didn’t expect to see him,” said Mr Hughes. “I was shaking for about two hours after.”

Mr Hughes described the animal as jet black, about three and a half foot tall, four foot long, with a long black tail, large head and paws and big teeth.

“It was beautiful but it’s a bit scary that thing is running round loose,” he said. “I’ve seen panthers in the zoo. That’s what it was.”

Dyfed-Powys police said that anyone who sees what they think might be a big cat is advised not to approach the animal, and to stay a safe distance away from it.

“They can report the sighting to police who will pass the report on to the Welsh Assembly,” said a spokesman.

“Experts believe that it is highly unlikely that such animals pose a threat to the public. However if anyone feels they are in immediate danger from a big cat then they should call 999 and ask for police assistance.”

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3:54pm Mon 12 May 14

North of the Landsker says...

Pembrokeshire panther on the prowl in Letterston?

I think he likes to assert his authority in the county council chamber too!
Pembrokeshire panther on the prowl in Letterston? I think he likes to assert his authority in the county council chamber too! North of the Landsker
  • Score: 9

4:55pm Mon 12 May 14

Citizen Pembs says...

North of the Landsker wrote:
Pembrokeshire panther on the prowl in Letterston?

I think he likes to assert his authority in the county council chamber too!
He doesn't look a gift horse, fat cat or golden goose in the mouth either!
[quote][p][bold]North of the Landsker[/bold] wrote: Pembrokeshire panther on the prowl in Letterston? I think he likes to assert his authority in the county council chamber too![/p][/quote]He doesn't look a gift horse, fat cat or golden goose in the mouth either! Citizen Pembs
  • Score: 8

6:40pm Mon 12 May 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

Fake. Publicity seeker.
Fake. Publicity seeker. Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: 4

9:59pm Mon 12 May 14

Disgruntled_Gardener says...

This might explain the mess in my garden this morning in Trecwn. Something had knocked in the fence around my flower beds and done a massive jobbie on top of my prized osteospermums. It couldn't have been my dog as the dog usually jumps over the fence before vandalising my flowers, and the jobbie was far to large.
This might explain the mess in my garden this morning in Trecwn. Something had knocked in the fence around my flower beds and done a massive jobbie on top of my prized osteospermums. It couldn't have been my dog as the dog usually jumps over the fence before vandalising my flowers, and the jobbie was far to large. Disgruntled_Gardener
  • Score: 4

10:04pm Mon 12 May 14

Tttoommy says...

Bryns a LOT more dangerous, he exists, he bites and he kills ppls hopes
Bryns a LOT more dangerous, he exists, he bites and he kills ppls hopes Tttoommy
  • Score: 5

12:07am Tue 13 May 14

Doc Malik says...

Good to see the Council Newsletter covering the REAL news.

Again.
Good to see the Council Newsletter covering the REAL news. Again. Doc Malik
  • Score: 4

6:54pm Thu 22 May 14

paulpaterson says...

I have to love this comment that appeared in the Gloucester Citizen about the infamous and most oddest person about, namely Frank Tunbridge, the so-called big cat tracker and expert!
"What a remarkably delusional sentence from Mr Tunbridge: "I haven't got footage yet of a big cat, although we have come close." Surely you HAVE footage of a big cat, or you HAVEN'T - there's no "coming close". Please could we have no more pointless articles of this type, until there is verified footage of a big cat? Then Mr Tunbridge can crow (or is it miaow?)!"
I have to love this comment that appeared in the Gloucester Citizen about the infamous and most oddest person about, namely Frank Tunbridge, the so-called big cat tracker and expert! "What a remarkably delusional sentence from Mr Tunbridge: "I haven't got footage yet of a big cat, although we have come close." Surely you HAVE footage of a big cat, or you HAVEN'T - there's no "coming close". Please could we have no more pointless articles of this type, until there is verified footage of a big cat? Then Mr Tunbridge can crow (or is it miaow?)!" paulpaterson
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Thu 22 May 14

paulpaterson says...

A spokeswoman said: "None of the sightings of big cats have ever been confirmed and the evidence of all the sightings we have been asked to look at has either been unsubstantiated or has been attributed to other causes."From time to time big cats do escape from zoos or other collections and are usually recaptured very quickly. We are confident that there is no breeding population of big cats in this country." (Natural England)
A spokeswoman said: "None of the sightings of big cats have ever been confirmed and the evidence of all the sightings we have been asked to look at has either been unsubstantiated or has been attributed to other causes."From time to time big cats do escape from zoos or other collections and are usually recaptured very quickly. We are confident that there is no breeding population of big cats in this country." (Natural England) paulpaterson
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Thu 22 May 14

paulpaterson says...

But there's the key word – imaginary. Is this big cat real or is it an illusion? The blurred photograph (why so shaky, was it fear or fake fear?) reveals what genre this picture belongs to. It's summer and the monster animal snaps are here. Remarkably, the warm summer has not yet produced any sightings of great white sharks off Cornwall or kraken near Anglesey, but here's an animal mystery to spice up those country walks. Beware the possible puma!

The idea of leopards still living in Europe is very powerful. Every year a new and ferocious creature turns up in England, one that exists only in newspaper columns, vividly imprecise eyewitness reports, blurry photographs of black **** cats and our eternal appetite for monsters: the Beast of Bodmin, the Surrey Puma, the Fen Tiger." Simon Barnes of the Times
But there's the key word – imaginary. Is this big cat real or is it an illusion? The blurred photograph (why so shaky, was it fear or fake fear?) reveals what genre this picture belongs to. It's summer and the monster animal snaps are here. Remarkably, the warm summer has not yet produced any sightings of great white sharks off Cornwall or kraken near Anglesey, but here's an animal mystery to spice up those country walks. Beware the possible puma! The idea of leopards still living in Europe is very powerful. Every year a new and ferocious creature turns up in England, one that exists only in newspaper columns, vividly imprecise eyewitness reports, blurry photographs of black **** cats and our eternal appetite for monsters: the Beast of Bodmin, the Surrey Puma, the Fen Tiger." Simon Barnes of the Times paulpaterson
  • Score: 1

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