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Gloucestershire big cat is back - howling and with green eyes

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 06, 2012

Frank Tunbridge

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A TERRIFIED dog walker fled for his life after a close encounter with what he suspected was a puma.

John Powell and his Labrador cross TJ were frightened by the howl they heard and the green eyes he saw, apparently stalking them on the edge of woodland in the Forest of Dean.

Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge believes the noise it made was that of a puma calling for its mate.

"It was heard out on the green near our house and others at Christmas," said Mr Powell, 73, who saw the creature's eyes while walking TJ around three weeks ago near his home at Ellwood, near Coleford.

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"My dog was on edge and I had a big searchlight torch with me and it picked up a pair of big, green eyes. They disappeared but the noise was still coming.


"It frightened me to death – it sounded like it was by the side of me. Two green eyes were looking at me, 50 to 60 yards away. The dog and I hared it home."

After reading of numerous big cat sightings in The Citizen, he contacted Mr Tunbridge.

Mr Powell said Mr Tunbridge's mimicking of the roar was as he heard it.

"It's a puma, calling for it's mate," said Mr Tunbridge. "There have been many sightings in the Forest of Dean and this is consistent with a lot of them."

The sighting comes as what is believed to be the biggest fox killed in Britain was shot in Scotland. It weighed 38lbs 1oz and measured 4ft 9in from nose to tail. The average weight for a fox in the UK is around 15lbs.

"It may be that foxes are getting bigger due to the amount of food about, but just like in the human race, there are examples of all shapes and sizes," said Mr Tunbridges.

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  • Rimestock  |  March 07 2012, 7:57AM

    How about we don't rehash the same old big cat bickering on yet another post? Some believe, some don't and the rest like me couldn't care less. If I ever see one I will post it here. Apart from that, I suspect Frank Tunbridge earns an income from the talks that were mentioned so go to one of those and support his monomania. He must have a relative who works for this site to get all this free publicity.

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  • Cats_R_Us  |  March 07 2012, 12:19AM

    by bigcatman23 Tuesday, March 6 2012, 11:47PM "Pumas don't roar, they are not technically a big cat" by Cats_R_Us Wednesday, March 7 2012, 12:07AM "A puma is a big cat. Nobody gives a hoot whether it's technically a big cat or not." Clear now? Good.

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  • bigcatman23  |  March 07 2012, 12:10AM

    If it roars or howls it could not possibly be a puma could it - pumas cannot roar nor can they howl, read the actual piece and use your head here! No wonder sceptics have a field day. Big cats are classified with their ability to roar, pumas cannot roar or howl, so therefore highly unlikely a puma was seen - simple really

  • Cats_R_Us  |  March 07 2012, 12:07AM

    A puma is a big cat. Nobody gives a hoot whether it's technically a big cat or not.

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  • bigcatman23  |  March 06 2012, 11:47PM

    Pumas don't roar, they are not technically a big cat

  • system64  |  March 06 2012, 10:54PM

    I've heard reports of elephants in the forest.

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  • ShorterNews  |  March 06 2012, 8:07PM

    Not a puma. More likely a deer. Move on.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  March 06 2012, 7:00PM

    Oh my Lordy, we are off again !!

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  • Rimestock  |  March 06 2012, 6:48PM

    Never happen, Lord Gagas. Think of the advertising revenue gained by a guaranteed stream of posters to a contentious issue.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 06 2012, 6:35PM

    It does rather look as if the reporter thought that the noise was a howl. To be fair, Mr. Powell (no relation) only mentions a roar.

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