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TiG Big Cat vote reveals thousands believe in monster felines

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

Frank Tunbridge

Frank Tunbridge

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MORE than one third of TiG readers believe big cats are stalking the county.

More than 6,000 gave their views in an online poll on the site.

And just over 35% said they believed big cats were stalking the Gloucestershire countryside.

A total of 2,140 answered 'yes' and 3,975 (65%) answered 'no'.

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It comes as reported sightings hit a high last year following the DNA tests on deer carcasses found in Woodchester and Dursley.

The results found no trace of cat DNA but it raised the profile of the prospect of big cats in the county.

Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge, who has trip cameras set up across the county in the hope of capturing the elusive animal on film, said he wasn't surprised by the results of our online poll.

"People want to see proof," he said. "They want to see good footage, a captured animal or a carcass from, for example a road kill.

"It's important to remember that mammals in this country are notoriously hard to spot anyway, as most are nocturnal. The chances of seeing a big cat are extremely slim."

Last year he recorded 40 sightings, 14 of them in January.

Rick Minter, Gloucester-based author of Big Cats: Facing Britain's Wild Predators, gives talks on the subject across the county with Mr Tunbridge and said when people are shown the evidence, more are swayed towards believing.

"Asking someone a yes or no question may mean those who have an open mind say no," said Mr Minter.

"There is huge interest in big cats in Gloucestershire."

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  • he-devil  |  January 09 2013, 3:17PM

    i suspect the real truth is that Frank was sat alone in his bedsit with his computerand a 99p box of Roosters fried chicken.... Vote 'Yes' delete cookies Vote 'Yes' delete cookies and he did this 2,140 times before the payment in his electric meter ran out Surely no-one else was silly enough to vote yes?

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  • Lecorche  |  January 09 2013, 2:42PM

    So,the truth is that an overwhelming majority who voted said they don't believe it. Trust TiG to twist it into something it isn't. Like Interesting.

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  • valhalla2010  |  January 09 2013, 1:58PM

    As I said else where on this site- Big cats in Gloucestershire are the biggest hoax since 'the death of Bin Laden'.

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  • tinktonk  |  January 09 2013, 1:17PM

    Take a look at Big Cats GB they have stacks of stuff and laods of big cat predation images. Makes you think!!!

  • 2TheBeehive  |  January 09 2013, 1:09PM

    Quote "Last year he recorded 40 sightings, 14 of them in January." ......and how many ACTUAL pieces of evidence, proof, etc. did he supply (apart for some very dodgy pictures) !!!?????

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  • chalkey67  |  January 09 2013, 12:49PM

    I suppose this could be used to boost tourism in the area, but oh dear, not again. Will this story ever go away.

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  • stroppy12  |  January 09 2013, 12:37PM

    and god, santa, and the man in the moon

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  • RoseHillWR  |  January 09 2013, 12:26PM

    "The results found no trace of cat DNA but it raised the profile of the PROSPECT of big cats in the county." Er... how???

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  • QwertyOS  |  January 09 2013, 10:02AM

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! NNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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