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Is this paw print proof of a big cat in Gloucester?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

Frank Tunbridge inspects the paw print

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THE PAW print of a big cat is believed to have been found near a business park in Gloucester.

Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge was planning on camping out in Waterwells after a track revealed the mysterious animals could have been scoping out the area.

Mr Tunbridge was called on Friday morning by Ian Mirfin, and told of the footprint found in mud near Marconi Drive. He believes it could be the real thing as it is four inches wide.

He said: “I have looked at the very closely and they do resemble that of a big cat.

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“I have measured the claw marks and they go down into the mud about an inch. There is no way dogs would have claws like that and so it does make me believe it would be a big cat.

It is very muddy and slippery at the moment so it would make sense for the cat to have its claws out to try and stop slipping.

“Interestingly enough at this time of year big cats do tend to go around areas like this and they come out at night scavenging for food.

“I have also seen deer and rabbit tracks in the area, so it would be an ideal place for them to be at this time of the year. That is why there have been lots of sightings in Quedegley and Kingsway – it is a similar sort of area and near to a nature reserve.”

Frank from Podsmead gives talk around the county on big cats and his experience tracking them.

Mr Mirfin attended one of the talks and when he saw the tracks called Mr Tunbridge straight away.

“I had a vague idea of what it might because I have seen one before in the snow at Blackbridge,” said Mirfin, who feels it probably isn’t a track made by a dog.

“It’s about four inches wide - I have a Bull Mastiff cross, and she weighs eight stones, and she leaves just a two inch print. It’s a different shape too.”

Last year Mr Tunbridge received 64 reports of big cats roaming the streets of Gloucestershire in 2013.

“There have been sightings reported to me around that area, and across the Robinswood and Haresfield,” he said.

“It is only one print and it has been rained on, so I cannot be 100% sure but there are strong indications it could be a cat’s print.”

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  • antonpaterson  |  February 13 2014, 11:29AM

    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?)!"

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  • antonpaterson  |  February 13 2014, 11:28AM

    After all the floods in England, after the stupidity of these "UK big cat crypto" groups and odd eccentric folk and, after the kidology from the likes of McGowan, Arnold, Minter, Bamping, Nineham and the rest of these fools. Where is our "big cats" now? Oh, don't tell, me...Tunbridge is still tracking them and McGowan has proof! Aye so they do. Come on........where is the proof and facts?

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  • antonpaterson  |  February 13 2014, 11:26AM

    For a good explanation of the "Fen Tiger" and ALL other such sightings, have a read at Linton Zoo's page: http://tinyurl.com/ncv3jd7 "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)

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  February 05 2014, 8:47AM

    Do you know how many cats are in Quedgeley I expect t's one of them, not a big cat Mr Tunbridge.

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 04 2014, 2:37PM

    All we have to find out now is who is going round making prints with a fake "big cat" foot, winding up Mr Tunbridge again! Perhaps this could be a fun investigation for a trainee TiG reporter?

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  • Lecorche  |  February 04 2014, 10:58AM

    My money's on a wandering Bordeaux.

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  • randylearner  |  February 04 2014, 9:07AM

    Caught with Mud on his hands! Getting desperate now aren't you Mr Tunbridge

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  • spindles12  |  February 04 2014, 8:28AM

    Thank you Mr Tunbridge for alerting us to the fact that there COULD be a big cat in Quedgeley. I urge everyone to carry a camera at all times, primed and ready to catch a photograph of the beasts because apparently there "have been lots of of sightings around Quedgeley and Kingsway" as well as Robinswood and Haresfield and yet there have been NO photographs! Come on everyone, let Gloucester be the first town in the country to get definite, clear, moving pictures if possible, of one of these beasts and let us go down in history as the first City to show definite proof that these stories aren't just figments of some peoples' imagination. If there have been lots of sightings then we must all be vigilant, observant and most important of all, carry a big stick! To those of you who are a bit unsure, I am NOT serious. Instead of speculating what the prints COULD be why doesn't someone do an experiment whereby various sized dogs are walked across some mud where they would leave different sized footprints which could be photographed and used as a comparison with the "beast prints" and use a ruler rather than a £1 coin to denote the size- just a suggestion Mr T.

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  • Mudbox  |  February 04 2014, 8:09AM

    at the most it is evidence, rather than proof. He could at least wash his hands after making footprints in the mud.

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  • agaga  |  February 03 2014, 8:02PM

    I this photo the proof off......... comments please. :-)

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