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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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Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz less than an hour ago.
We followed the official National Loop Walk, Loop 106C, which is the purple trail. We took one small shortcut, but add... walk, Len: 14.1km, Climb: 424m, Area: Slieveboy, North Wexford (Ireland) Slie

  
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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 10 hours ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

  
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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy a day ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy a day ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

  
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molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 4 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

  
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

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Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
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Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()


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