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Cornwall's Big Cat Sightings Revealed

Cornwall's Big Cat Sightings Revealed

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 3rd August 2016. (Updated at 7:11am 3rd August 2016)

As Cornwall goes onto lion alert, Pirate FM has learnt there has been a string of big cat sightings reported to police.

It comes after a driver reported seeing a female lion leap out in front of him near St Austell.

Police who attended found prints of something nearby but say there is no risk to the public.

There have always been rumours of big cats living in the wilds of Cornwall - including the legendary beast of Bodmin.

But data, seen by Pirate FM, reveals that police have also investigated a string of other sightings across the Duchy.

Over the last five years there have been ten - not including the most recent incident between Nanpean and Whitemoor.

Check them all out here...

Launceston, February 2011 - A caller told police they had seen a large cat, possibly the size of a panther, crossing the road in front of their vehicle towards houses.

Padstow and St Merryn, August 2011 - A calf was attacked by a cat, which the caller said was not a domestic cat.

Roseland, Probus, Trispen and St Erme, June 2012 - A caller reported a big cat sighting in a field. They said it was foxed sized, grey or brown with a bushy tail.

Grampound and Mevagissey, September 2012 - A large cat, the size of an Alsation, was said to be in a caller's back garden. Police were told it was injured.

St Blazey and Tywardreath, May 2013 - Caller reported seeing a large looking cat - that was not a domesticated creature.

Millbrook and Rame, February 2014 - The police log says: "Caller saw a large beast ... Panther like, black, wiry, long tail, long defined face, whiskers, crossed the road with a middle sized deer in its mouth."

Hayle Foundary, July 2014 - A big "puma sized" cat was reported in a field behind the caller's house.

Porthleven and Helston, September 2014 - A caller said that, in July, they had seen a large, dark coloured cat.

Mount Hawke and St Agnes, January 2015 - A big cat was spotted in a field.

Lostwithiel and Fowey, June 2015 - The caller said it looked like a puma with ears similar to a bear, tail to the ground and black in colour. It measured around two and a half feet tall.

The police data has been released as a trucker told Pirate FM how he found a decapitated deer near the spot where the lion was apparently seen.

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