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wicklore
2010-04-10 10:09:30
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Beast on Beagh the plot thickens..!
It's time to panic...

I only added in the photo of the large animal prints I saw on Slieve Beagh/Eshbrack as a curiosity, and for a bit of humour. (Look at my recent comment on Slieve Beagh SE Top to see the photo).Now it appears that the plot thickens considerably! After posting the photo I had decided to see which type of animal had made the prints, and so I did a bit of research. I was astonished to discover that not only do they resemble cat prints, but that there have been reports of a large black cat around this part of Monaghan previously. The Gardai and Irish Army had even been deployed at one stage to shoot it!

( see http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/gardai-take-to-the-air-in-hunt-for-big-cat-154593.html

http://www.u.tv/News/Big-cat-warning-in-Monaghan/8bb94744-b78f-4b6c-805a-3329e9d70e9e

and
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/BIG+CAT+HUNT.-a0118721496

for details)

The attached image shows the key differences between canine and feline paw prints. One crucial point is that dogs claws are extended while they walk, while cats are retracted. My photo did not have claw marks in it...Another issue is the sheer size of the prints I snapped. Compare them to the size of my bootprint. (And no Im not very small size 11 boot!)

A bit more research revealed that Ulster is littered with big cats. Pumas are the most commonly sighted, though why they are all choosing to make Ulster their home wasnt made clear. MountainViews member three5four0 contacted me with a report that the USPCA thinks there may be 10 of them roaming about the place. I must say I was shocked to see how close I may have come to annihilation, especially as I like cats. All I would have had to defend myself was a photo of my two dogs on my phone!
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