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  • Sceptical hiker now a believer after another big cat sighting…

    A hiker sceptical about rumours of wild cougars roaming South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire “could not believe it” when he came across what he believed to be a big cat.

    The man, who asked not to be named, was walking in Charnwood Forest on Wednesday, April 17, when he saw the animal in a farmer’s field.
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    Three pals he was with all agreed the beast appeared to be a big cat.

    And they think it may have been in the area preying on sheep or deer.

    One of them said: “I’ve never been a big believer in any of the big cat rumours around the countryside.

    “But on Wednesday at around 7pm we were walking through some fields quite far from any roads near the Bradgate area in Charnwood.

    “I spotted a large animal roughly the size of a golden retriever sat in the field in the stance that a big cat would sit in.
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    “Initially I thought it was a huge hare, but the noise of me shouting to my friends to look scared it and it ran.

    “But we were all able to watch it for a good five or six seconds.

    “It ran exactly like a big cat would and looked too stocky and muscular to be a hare.

    “We could see it clearly since it was only about 30 metres away, but in a rush it was hard to define specific features.

    “It wasn’t until it reached the hedgerow that we could see the tail, which was completely characteristic of a cat.
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    “Four of us saw it clearly and none of us particularly believe what we saw.

    “The area is full of deer and sheep, as well as lakes and rocky hills.”

    It comes after three reported big cat sightings in January and February.

    One was near Co-op in Moira, another took place near the Ferrers pub in Ashby and another sighting was reported in Occupation Lane, Albert Village.

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