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wicklore
2010-04-10 10:09:30
"Puma verses Dog" from wicklore Contract pics
Picture: Puma verses Dog (Contract pics)

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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Summit Comment
Stockeen Cliff Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the cliff walk accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Center. Best to enjoy the full walk rather than just summit bagging but for your added enjoyment the earlier in the morning yo...

  
Summit Comment
Lislorkan Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and car park or via other locations on this coastal walk of your choosing. Best to enjoy the full length of this fantastic cliff walk.

  
Summit Comment
Knockardakin: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher,and although this is the hill which the visitor center is built into, the summit is not located in a public area. Access is via a farm gate o...

Track
Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 5 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

  
Summit Comment
Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka 3 days ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 3 days ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

Track
Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy 3 days ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
Track
Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker 6 days ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

  
Summit Summary
Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

Track
Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
Track
Amalfi: Ravello to Minori
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 3.5km, Climb: 12m, Area: Italy, Campania ()


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