Alien big cats
Aka: ABCs. The Beast of Bodmin Moor. The word "alien"
here is meant to denote large felines that are "out of place,"
rather than "extraterrestrial"
In most cases the large black cats appear
very similar th Black Panthers, though XXXXXX
63-year-old Leslie Maiden admitted that he released both a
panther and a cougar into the wilderness about 26 years ago.
Their owners, who could no longer keep them because of new laws,
had given the cats to him. Maiden says he knows of two other
animal collectors who also released their wildcats. Another man,
61-year-old Lewis Foley, says that he also knows of people in
Sheffield who released wildcats into the moors as a result of
the law. Even if the beasts were 100 years old by now, who said
they could not have bred.
Southwestern England around Cornwall
In the early 1990s, reports began to circulate of alien big
cats in southwestern England around Cornwall. Bodmin Moor was
the elected place of most sightings (around 300 in 1996) and
reports of inexplicably slain livestock. In 1995 an official
study concluded that there was "no verifiable evidence" of
exotic felines loose in Britain, and that the mauled farm
animals could have been attacked by common indigenous species.
There were also several reports of ABC’s bodies but further
examination revealed that the skulls had been imported as part
of a leopard-skin rug.