The Hampshire Big Cat Files

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■ April 1991: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther crossing woodland ride.

■ 1993: Ladycross, New Forest – serval crossing road.

■ Summer 1993: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther flushed from cover.

■ Oct 1995: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther walking through open woods.

■ May 1996: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther walking along woodland track.

■ 1997: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther.

■ July 1997: Holly Hatch Inclosure, New Forest – black panther flushed from dry ditch.

■ 1998: Canada Common, New Forest – puma frightened ridden horse.

■ Feb 1998: Hasley Inclosure, New Forest – black panther crossing forest track.

■ Summer 1998: Buckherd Bottom, New Forest – lynx flushed from Molinia tussocks.

■ Spring 1999: Stoney Cross, New Forest – puma.

■ March 1999: Gordleton Mill, Lymington – black panther crossing field near restaurant.

■ April 1999: Markway Hill, New Forest – big cat crossing main road.

■ April 1999: Wilverley Inclosure, New Forest – two big cats crossing forest track.

■ May 1999: Rockford Common, New Forest – black panther.

■ June 1999: Dibden Purlieu – big cat.

■ Summer 1999: Black Gutter, New Forest – puma seen by bird-watchers.

■ July 1999: Brockenhurst - big cat.

■ July 1999: Hale Purlieu, New Forest – black panther crossing road after dark.

■ Sep 1999: Norley Wood, New Forest – two black panthers playing together.

■ May 2000: Great Linford Inclosure, New Forest – black panther crossing woodland track.

■ Jan 2001: Compton near Winchester – cougar/mountain lion ran through flock of sheep when powerful torch shone on it.

■ March 2002: Medstead near Alton – lynx.

■ April 2002: Greatham near Liss – cheetah.

■ Summer 2002: Godshill Ridge, New Forest – black panther flushed from gorse bushes by dog.

■ Aug 2002: Andover, near to Chute Cadley – panther-like creature had very strong, powerful shoulders but a small head and very long tail.

■ Sep 2002: Liss – panther-like creature.

■ Dec 2002: Matley Ridge, New Forest – black panther hunting a muntjac deer on road.

■ Dec 2002: Spy Holms, Burley – black panther crossing open forest track.

■ Jan 2003: Dunces Arch, Lyndhurst – puma walking over heathland.

■ Jan 2003: Wash Water, Newbury – lynx.

■ Jan 2003: Between Picket Hill and Poulner, near Ringwood – panther.

■ Jan 2003: West End, Southampton – black panther-like creature ran through school grounds.

■ Feb 2003: Medstead, near Alton – black panther/ puma-like creature waiting for prey.

■ March 2003: Romsey Road, Winchester – big cat.

■ April 2003: Petersfield Road, Ropley – big cat.

■ April 2003: Basingstoke – large paw-mark seen on rear window of car. Similar paw mark seen on friend’s car previously, size of a large hand, with four pads.

■ May 2003: Near Forest Mere Health Farm, near Liphook – panther-like creature.

■ May 2003: Roughdown, Blackfield – black panther stalked a rabbit, caught it and then went up a tree.

■ June 2003: New Milton – Lynx crossing road.

■ June 2003: Tadley near Basingstoke – big wild cat.

■ July 2003: Petersfield – puma jumping over hedge.

■ July 2003: Oakcroft Lane, Fareham – small puma.

■ Aug 2003: Gosport – panther, Great Dane size.

■Aug 2003: Waterlooville – lynx-like creature, movement was loped.

■ Aug 2003: Ashbarn Crescent, Winchester – panther.

■ Aug 2003: Gosport – panther.

■ Aug 2003: Burley road by Burley village – panther with bright green eyes.

■ Sep 2003: Lymington – puma.

■ Sep 2003: Testwood Lakes Nature Centre, Totton – panther-like creature.

■ Sep 2003: Alresford Road, near Spitfire Bridge,

target="_blank">Winchester – big cat jumping in bush.

Tail was huge.

■ Sep 2003: Hook – puma ambling in long grass, then stepped out on to path towards woods.

■ Sep 2003: Lymington to Brockenhurst road – big cat, possibly panther, very thick, long tail.

■ Oct 2003: Andover – leopard, ginger with darker patches, moving slowly. Unconcerned by presence of car.

■ Oct 2003: Lower Froyle, Alton – panther not startled by torch.

■ March 2004: Basingstoke Railway Station – beige puma baring teeth aggressively.

■ May 2004: Whiteley Woods – light tancoloured big cat.

■ May 2004: Burley Lodge – black panther crossing road in daylight.

■ June 2004: Chandler’s Ford – panther-like creature.

■ June 2004: Broadlands Estate, Romsey – big wild cat.

■ June 2004: Odiham – puma with long, thick black tail.

■ July 2004: Markway Inclosure, New Forest – black panther crossing open ground after dark.

■ July 2004: Rhinefield, Brockenhurst – lynx crossing road after dark.

■ July 2004: Coopers Hill, Hook – panther, end of tail appeared large almost like a pom-pom, very large paws, looked “sad”

■ Dec 2004: South Close, Alresford – panther with very green eyes and possibly pregnant turning in slow motion.

■ March 2005: Fontley Road, Titchfield – either a leopard or cheetah.

■ June 2005: Pless Road, Milford-on-Sea – big wild cat with browny/yellowy eyes sitting in road, then stalking towards witness.

■ July 2005: Rape seed field on left B3081 just before A31 – panther.

■ Aug 2005: Hayling Island – tan puma positioning itself to jump off garage roof.

■ Sep 2005: Broadlands Estate, Romsey – black panther/jaguar calmly strolling in front of car.

■ Oct 2005: Compton, Winchester – big cat-like creature stalking domestic cats.

■ Nov 2005: Romsey – large cat/panther watching something in bushes.

■ Jan 2006: Shedfield – black/dark grey puma.

■ March 2006: West Wellow – panther with large yellow eyes.

■ March 2006: Alton – large cat with piercing eyes.

■ Feb 2008: Burley Road, Bransgore – black big cat looking across a field.

■ March 2008: Opposite Cliddesden Primary School, Basingstoke – black big cat sitting in field.

■ March 2008: Hazeley Road, Twyford – tawny brown big cat racing across the road.

■ May 2008: Alresford bypass – big cat twoand- a-half times the size of a domestic cat.

■ July 2008: St Peter’s Church, Hayling Island – black big cat the size of a greyhound calmly walking through graveyard .

■ Aug 2008: Drove Lane, Alresford – puma-like creature “slunk” across the road.

■ Sep 2008: Brockenhurst side of New Forest – lion colour, larger than a fox but walked like a cat, disappeared through wire fence Figures from Forestry Commission, Hampshire Police and Big Cats in Britain

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