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three5four0
2010-04-13 04:04:29
"The RUC with a wild Lynx they shot in 1996 near Fintonia" from three5four0 Contract pics
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Beast on Beagh? Part 2
Part 2 continued

Some may remember the Panther and Puma mentioned in the above links, due to the international coverage they attracted at the time. The PSNI, reputedly only failed to shoot one of the cats when it was successfully lured into a trap, only to have a french TV crew trying to film it, appear in their line of fire!

The main reason for all these sightings of Big Cats is due to the legislation, or rather the lack of it for years. No license were required to have the odd Tiger or Puma in a cage at the bottom of your garden, one for poor Fido yes, but not for that man eating Bengal Tiger you own! Don't believe me, think Buck Alec. Recently N.I. law was supposedly updated, regarding dangerous animals, to bring it into line with England and Wales, and possible stop individuals moving to northern ireland with their "exotic collection" . But as what happened in England, Wales & Scotland, I suspect has now happened here. Namely, that rather than pay for a license, improvements to the animals quarters & accept regular inspections from some government department, they just dumped the animals in the countryside. The north coasts puma and panther being the prime example of this.

Here is a couple of links to sightings in Co. Down, just incase you thought the Mournes were Big Cat free! Those Mv'ers who are members of the UFRC may recall these:-

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uspca-investigates-lsquobig-catsrsquo-sighting-14332496.html

http://www.bigcatsinbritain.org/irishnews60.htm

Although it would be reasonable to assume, that over the coming years, the Big Cats released, or more accurately "dumped", into our countryside would simple die out of old age, this is not the experience in Scotland where legislation was brought forward much earlier. Perhaps because of a higher release / dumping rate, there are now claims of a breeding population. See Below:-

http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/tm_objectid=17528959&method=full&siteid=63858&headline=more-big-cats-are-spotted-outside-town-name_page.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245816/Is-big-cat-mystery-solved-Villagers-huge-paw-prints-snow-30-years-sightings.html

So, perhaps this autumn, whilst descending from that last relative hill of the day in the gathering dusk, the one you thought you could squeeze in on your the way home, as its only a forestry track and you will be up and down in no time. You hear the crack of a twig breaking on your right hand side and a low growl on your left, just as your head torch starts to faded. Will there be any scepticism then?, or will the hairs on your neck stand up and that once warm sweat turn clammy and cold? Discuss.

Me, i have been lucky and seen 2 Big Cats in the wild, one in Patagonia this year the other several years ago on the slopes of Slieve Commedagh in the Mournes………………
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Knockbwee: Summit Revealed
CaminoPat 9 hours ago.
From the south, parking available for only one car at W124 775. Proceed uphill from junction with local road in a NNW direction along a rough stone covered road until you come to a six bar field g...

  
Track
Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz 14 hours ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day 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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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 a day ago.
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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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eamonoc
eamonoc 2 days ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

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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...

  
Summit Comment
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...

  
Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 4 days ago.
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
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Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 5 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 3 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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