North Norfolk was at the centre of a big cat mystery today as a number of people reported seeing a black panther or a puma roaming wild in the north of the county.

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The cat was sighted at the Bayfield Hall estate, near Holt.

Robin Combe, owner of the estate, said it had been spotted by three “sensible country people” who were on a grey squirrel shoot.

He said: “My information is second hand, but they saw it about two miles south of Blakeney, next to the Langham to Letheringsett road.”

Adrian Bamforth, who was leading the squirrel hunt, played down the sighting, saying: “It doesn’t take much for somebody to say they’ve seen a big cat. There are several deer on the estate, so it could have been a mistake.”

Nonetheless, word quickly spread on social media, including Twitter and Facebook, and a number of other people added their own sightings at other locations across the county.

One Twitter user, Cat Theobald, said she had seen “him/it” between Burnham Market and Burnham Overy in north-west Norfolk.

Sightings of big black cats in the wild have been regular occurrences all over Norfolk in recent years. But no conclusive evidence of their existence has yet been produced.

● Did you see the big cat, or do you know someone who did? Call Steve Downes on 01263 513920.

104 comments

  • Cheers Valpy. Do they sell 'Strength of a Bear' in the Whiffler still? Oh, and where can I get some lion pee?

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    Keith

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • If it does exsist there would be lamb kills for sure.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • Thas a rummun if it isn't a hooge pooma

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    HoogePooma

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Spotted a jaguar in Swaffham on Saturday.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • This story and the 'Puppet Man retiringdisappearingre-appearing (again)' have been the best stories in the EDP all year for sheer comedy value. The comments on this tale are great :-)

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    GJ

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Bunny huggers en masse Grey squirrels are a recently introduced species which are omniverous and can live virtually anywhere Red squirrels have a restricted diet and are more confined to places with conifers and hazels.Grey squirrels carry a disease which kills red squirrels ( which are our native species) Grey squirrels eat bird eggs and baby birds and baby red squirrels severely depleting populations Shooting grey squirrels should be compulsory. Foxes have not been driven out of the countryside they seem more plentiful than ever- they are opportunists like the grey squirrel They are in towns because there is plenty of food waste and because urban dwellers are soppy these days they do not get trapped and killed. As for evidence of big cats- who in their right minds is going to say what they have seen just to be ridiculed. I doubt many posting here will have seen a live badgerotterstoatChinese water deer and there are loads of them about The chances of spotting one of a small number of released cats which can roam for hundreds of miles are very small. As small as any of them still being alive after the act which prompted supposed releases was passed.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Pumas (Puma Concolor) are the most widespread of the American cats and have the largest distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. These large slender cats are found across a diverse range of habitats, from arid desert to cold coniferous forest, and although terrestrial, can swim and climb trees when they need to. Pumas are powerful predators and hunt by stalking and ambushing their prey. However, if ill or young, they themselves can become lunch for hungry wolves or bears. They hold the record for the mammal with the most common names - over 40 in English alone.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • hahaha, an 8ft tall Puma ! does anyone on here realise just how tall 8ft is ?!?!?! and Simon, if i were you i'd move up a few floors, at 8ft tall id estimate it has a jumping range of at least 32ft!

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    sara.brownuk

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • @Mudgeman, You have been to north Norfolk haven't you? In which case you'd know about the sparse population, woodland and large amount of wildlife, y'know what these animals eat naturally. If they were to take a lamb (although round Bayfield a pig would be more likely) they would carry it off and stash it in a tree so any remains would be very well concealed and would then be cleared up by other scavengers. To say where are the remains is rather daft if you claim to know how these animals operate. As for breeding I take it you have read about what happened in the 70's with the probable release of hundreds of these type of animals? I'll say it once more there is no such thing as a black panther it's a generic name for large black cat which "some" people seem to think is an actual creature

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    Richard_Waugh

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • I think this is totally impossible. Pumas don't have opposable thumbs so the chances of firstly picking up a sandwich (regardless of the ingredients) or holding a television remote control to turn onto the aforementioned 'Dave'. Alan Partridge would agree with this I'm certain. I'm more amused by the comments about Mile Cross. I'm amazed that the residents are able to even connect to the internet, let alone know how to write or spell. Instead of squirrel hunting, I suggest introducing a Mile Cross Residents hunting scheme.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Sara Brown - cleary you are clued up on squirrel regulation. I must admit, the Isle of Wight is a fair way to go to glimpse a red one. I don't believe the grey squirrel is any less pretty -no doubt evolution selects the grey as dominant here because the winters are longer than the autumns, camoflage being the order of the day in a terrain populated by Hawks, Owls and Rifle-armed Cullers... the latter being a human measure which, in light of your comments regarding infectious diseases to trees at least, sounds like a justifiable measure, albeit a sad one. BANG! Valpy Word - It is very simple to trace fox attacks in this country because the Daily Mail and the Sun have a big bonanza every time. The only reason it gets any attention at all is because the owners, backers and affiliates of certain media want to mount their steeds, blow their bugles and reverse the ban on fox hunting - such a move requires public support.

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • It wont be a puma that was spotted as black pumas don't exist. A black panther is typically a melanistic colour variant of any of several species of larger cats except a cougar (aka puma) as it's not been proven they exist. I find it strange that people see a big cat and instantly say "it's a puma" without bothering to even check. You don't spot a dog and say "Look there's an alsation" because it's a big dog! A friend of mine claims to of spotted one (a big cat not an alsation :) )and apparently has casts of the footprints.

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    Gary Dickenson

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Keith is the most popular 64th name in USA. One in every 276 Americans is named KEITH and popularity of name KEITH is 3.62 people per thousand.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • It comforts me that the people of Norfolk are being prepared for the impending Attacks of the Urinating Pumas. The residents of Mile Cross should be made aware immediately and get ready to evacuate.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Who cares about the cat. More noteworthy is the striking paradox created by reports of "sensible country people" embarking on a squirrel hunt. I'm speechless and somewhat amused.

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    juice

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • To be fair to the EDP I believe the mention of Marham being close to the middle east was a quote from Simon Wright MP. Maybe he should be paying more attention in geography lessons in school. Maybe what the poor lad meant is RAF Marham is near MIDDLEton and EAST winch

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    Simon Alcock

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Hey Valpy, Lets kill anything and everything that can harm us, we should be used to big cats, bears etc as we should still have them here, apart from we wiped them out a long time ago, They are being re-introduced around the world and we, humans, have to learn to live with it, same here in the UK, if us Brits lived in the USA or Aus that's all the sharks and bears wiped out, Africa that would be lion, hippo, crocs, elephants all wiped out, thank something we are restricted to this tiny land mass and people like you don't have access to firearms, if you want to pick on the most destructive, prolific, unwanted by this planet animal you'd better go pop some humans off. If there are big cats out there, leave them to it and let people know there is a danger, you know like how this planet should be for us, a dangerous place. As for foxes coming into towns, that's because all their habitat has been destroyed along with their prey, funny old things farmers, wipe out all the habitat and then wonder why there are a lot of pigeons or rabbits, because of those farmer boys! We'll all be happy when all that is left is us and our commercial animals, what a horrible planet that would be.

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    Jason Bunn

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Fully grown, pumas can reach the height of 7 to 8 feet. An adult weighs between 100 and 250 pounds.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Keith, did Geoffrey's cat drink his own urine?

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Keith is the most popular 64th name in USA. One in every 276 Americans is named KEITH and popularity of name KEITH is 3.62 people per thousand.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • High rise council blocks do have their advantages.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Thought this was a story about trainers till I saw the picture. As for the comments by Valpy Word Mile Cross already has lots of wildlife so a few real ones won't make much difference perhaps a pleasant change.

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    City Boy

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Pumas are known to be sticklers for courtesy. I recommend saying "I really am awfully sorry, are you OK? I must remember to look where I am going next time"

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    Simon Alcock

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

  • The statistical chances of seeing a big cat in the English countryside are tiny. Furthermore, the chances of that cat being a black panther (i.e. a jaguar with melanism, a very rare genetic variation in fur pigmentation) are much rarer still. Bearing in mind that such cats kill prey the size of cows, why has no farmer reported missing livestock?

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    Public_mound

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I read somewhere that pumas enjoy re-runs of I'm Alan Partridge on 'Dave' and fish finger sandwiches. Can anyone confirm this? Maybe I'm being paranoid.

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    Keith

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • That there The Norwich Cidee should invent a song about Poomas. Goo orn, doo ut.

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    HoogePooma

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Pumas (Puma Concolor) are the most widespread of the American cats and have the largest distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. These large slender cats are found across a diverse range of habitats, from arid desert to cold coniferous forest, and although terrestrial, can swim and climb trees when they need to. Pumas are powerful predators and hunt by stalking and ambushing their prey. However, if ill or young, they themselves can become lunch for hungry wolves or bears. They hold the record for the mammal with the most common names - over 40 in English alone.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Don't know about black pumas, but I have seen pink elephants on several occasions late on a friday night on Prince of Wales Road

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    Simon Alcock

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I can't believe this. A serious topic has been hijacked by people belittling Mile Cross and copying and pasting ludicrous facts from internet search engines. If these things breed what will we do? Seriously? Introduce wolves and bears to hunt their young? We need to get them before they get us.

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    Valpy Word

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • I also hear that the best weapon is to hold up a mirror to the puma. Upon seeing hisher reflection, they immediately throw back their head in horror, fall to the floor shrieking and then burst into songs from Bellini's Bel Canto opera.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • About 15 years ago there were a spate of sightings these included photos and a video taken near Watton. It made the local news. I know plenty of people that saw it near Little Dunham, I saw it in a field near Wendling. We even saw paw prints in the snow. The local farmer had many sheep but didn't report a single one missing or even damaged. We presumed it was living of rabbits. Easy pickings everywhere. These new sightings sound very similar. If it is the same one, it's getting on a bit and where has it been hiding? Every description I heard sounded like a Panther. Definitely not a Puma. I've kept a camera with me ever since but never had any joy. There have been loads of big cat sightings all over the country. The only Puma I know of was up North somewhere where it attacked a lady walking home at night with a man. She had claw marks across her belly. There are many reports of other large cats being shot by farmers. I think the times or telegraph did a map a few years back. As for the foxes, they've always been urban dwellers. Loads of free and easy food. There's just more of them around now because most cars have ABS.

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    Dayglo Diego

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • I am not questioning the veracity of people claiming to have made the latest sightings but it does seem strange that over all the years a big black claim is claimed to have been roving Norfolk nobody has yet produced conclusive photograhic evidence or even paw prints

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    Norwich lad

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I think this is totally impossible. Pumas don't have opposable thumbs so the chances of firstly picking up a sandwich (regardless of the ingredients) or holding a television remote control to turn onto the aforementioned 'Dave'. Alan Partridge would agree with this I'm certain. I'm more amused by the comments about Mile Cross. I'm amazed that the residents are able to even connect to the internet, let alone know how to write or spell. Instead of squirrel hunting, I suggest introducing a Mile Cross Residents hunting scheme.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • None of this is of any importance as I have read this very morning, of the absolutely shocking news that Francie Clarkson (aka Mrs Jeremy Clarkson) is very upset with her husband after her cliff-top fence has been uprooted. Something must be done about it.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • For something nobody has seen clearly, how do they know its a Puma! it could be a Panther! 60 Percent of the Time Its and Panther everytime.

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    6panther

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • High rise council blocks do have their advantages.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • 8 feet tall! I'm going to need a bigger fence.

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    Valpy Word

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Sensible people... shooting squirrels. That doesn't sound sensible. That sounds obscene; especially considering a puma's size in comparison to a squirrel is aproximately parrellel to domestic cat's advantage over a mouse, ergo I propose the puma (or pumas) would replace 'sensible country people' with guns as the critters' principle threat. This means more time can be spent, presumably, hunting the real pests, like baby-mauling foxes and the terrorists and Shook! and Westlegate Tower and chuggers, all that bad, bad stuff that makes Norfolk such a drag, yeah?

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Keith try this: www.junglejuice.compumarepellent On the other hand, you could get tanked up on Stella and try your own pee, Stella often results in an apparent rise in bravery levels and belief in one's own strength.

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    Valpy Word

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Due to my growing concerns of an imminent puma attack I've decided to adopt a puma from Banham Zoo. Problem is they wouldn't let me adopt one, the nearest thing they had was a 'Geoffroy's cat'. I used to live near a fella called Jeff who had a cat, hopefully it's not his cat though. His cat was pretty useless, had a leg missing and used to try & mate with my pushbike. Must keep one step ahead of the puma.

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    Keith

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Back to the 'puma' thing, having had a look online there seem to be a lot of sightings of these things where I live (surrounded by fields) So what is the sensible and recommended thing to do if you bump into one? Run? Play dead? Climb a tree? I'm scared :-(

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    GJ

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

  • Approx two years ago I saw one of these “Black Cats” while out shooting near Weston Longville when it emerged from very long grass at first I thought it was a dog and it the was the size of a large Labrador until the tail became visible, then I realised it was certainly no dog but a cat I did at the time grab my camera but after reaching the tall grass and if it was there would have certainly seen me before I had the chance to see it! Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.

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    Skyenet

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • One of Gaddafi's few remaining bits of military hardware (http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiPuma_(AFV), must have snuck in on the back of a lorry. Heading for Marham...

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    martin wallis

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • High rise council blocks do have their advantages.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Thas Ol' Black Shuck bor!!!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • That there The Norwich Cidee should invent a song about Poomas. Goo orn, doo ut.

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    HoogePooma

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • is someone sending for the Pink Panther to investigate?

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    mrhairy

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • I think I'm more likely to witness Elvis and Bigfoot landing their UFO in the centre circle at Carrow Road than for there to be an authenticated sighting of a black puma in Norfolk.

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    Simon Alcock

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • Apparently she is at the 'end of her tether'.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • I do believe Keith that technically this would be impossible. Mainly due to the fact that pumas do not have opposable thumbs. That is unless these pumas are now a race of super-pumas consisting of 1 big opposable thumb and an excellent taste in television entertainment. I am still concerned we have not heard from Mr Alcock for a while. I am very concerned that he has definitely been eaten by a puma. But not one with an opposable thumb.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Roger - You are so true, the only reason the media have had a field day on the one fox attack case to to reflect them in a bad light and re-instate fox hunting, which by the way i think should happen, fox hunting has happened for hundreds of years, and it shouldnt be stopped by some city dwellers in suits who think they know best!

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    sara.brownuk

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • MrMrs Valpy, indeed my comment was made in jest ( who ever would have guessed?), but as for 'feral panthers roaming the streets of mile cross' words fail me. Whatever next, Great Whites spotted swimming under Dolphin Bridge? Actually, Great Whites in the Wensum......Black Panthers on North Norfolk Estates......not so much of a leap is it?

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    Simon Alcock

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Keith, get yourself some Lion wee. Prevention is the best form of defence. I'm pretty sure that Bravestar used to use the "Speed of a Puma", I would think you'd have to have "Strength of a Bear" to counteract that.

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    Valpy Word

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Instead of forcing the puma's jaw, how about offering it a kebab? Surely the puma would run off as quickly as it's legs could carry it.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Thank you, Hooge Pooma - you made me cry laughing ;-)

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    GJ

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Apparently she is at the 'end of her tether'.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • ahhhh Valpy, you have made me laugh, calling a fox a baby eating monster ! Have you even seen one before? from your funny description i would guess not!

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    sara.brownuk

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Instead of forcing the puma's jaw, how about offering it a kebab? Surely the puma would run off as quickly as it's legs could carry it.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • I bought some lion urine online, I'm going to clearly mark out a "no puma zone" with it. I advise other people to take similar precautions.

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    Valpy Word

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Apparently she is at the 'end of her tether'.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Our neighbour spotted the pumapanther in the field opposite our houses in Scottow yesterday at about midday and has video footage which, when you zoom in, leaves you in no doubt that this is a large cat of some kind.

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    pamathome

    Monday, April 4, 2011

  • Come on people. As a Canadian who has recently spent four years in the Holt area, I hope I'm speaking to friends. A pumacougarmountain lion is a North American creature. The Jaguar,(my favourite British auto) is found in Central America, and there is a black variant, sometimes called a panther. For an adult animal to be living in North Norfolk, there would have to be a trail of livestock andor muntjac kills to support it. Any evidence? And as far as breeding....yikes!, are there two of them??

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    mudgeman

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • i would just like to respond to this comment and say that the reason more foxes and other wild animals are having to resort to living in towns and cities is becuase slowly, bit by bit, humans are building on any available land and taking over the countryside, the animals are left with no choice but to adapt to the change, and as for now eating sleeping babies, that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard, out of all the millions of foxes that now live in the suburbs how many have actually attacked humans ?? i'll tell you - one that i can remember, that means your more likely to win the lottery than have your child eaten by a fox!!

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    sara.brownuk

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • The comment about Marham's proximity to the middle east was made by Simon Wright MP. Maybe he meant that RAF Marham was close to MIDDLEton and EAST winch?

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    Simon Alcock

    Saturday, April 2, 2011

  • I think Jason already has his wish. The last time I went into the Lidl's on Aylsham Road it was full of wild animals

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    Simon Alcock

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Pumas (Puma Concolor) are the most widespread of the American cats and have the largest distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. These large slender cats are found across a diverse range of habitats, from arid desert to cold coniferous forest, and although terrestrial, can swim and climb trees when they need to. Pumas are powerful predators and hunt by stalking and ambushing their prey. However, if ill or young, they themselves can become lunch for hungry wolves or bears. They hold the record for the mammal with the most common names - over 40 in English alone.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Grammatical update: I was bored shooting squirrels so I started a rumour. I told the press that I'd seen a big puma. From my tall tales I have found, that one 'Public Mound'; appears to have no sense of humour.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Anyone got any ideas how to defeat a puma in a fight if you haven't got a weapon handy? Just in case.

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    Keith

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • - Big cat sightings were recorded as early as 1860. - There are 38 species of cats in the world. - The tiger is the largest cat and is an endangered species. - Pumas live for an average of 12-13 years in the wild.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Robin Coombe, the puma spotter of this groundbreaking piece of journalism, is a Lib Dem parish clerk for Astley. I now believe that the puma sighting was infact politically-led.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Oh no! That is bad news. Can't believe the police are going round encouraging such behaviour. Think I'll try to punch it in the head first. I really hope I don't get attacked.

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    Keith

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Jason, are you honestly suggesting that these animals are more important than our children..? You might long for a world where a Pride of Lions roam across Sloughbottom Park or a herd of Elephants charge down Bowers Avenue but I certainly don't. And as for the foxes, don't forget that they now attack sleeping babies!

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    Valpy Word

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • City Boy: your comments would be ever so slightly more interesting to read had you included appropriate uses of punctuation.

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    Public_mound

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • - Big cat sightings were recorded as early as 1860. - There are 38 species of cats in the world. - The tiger is the largest cat and is an endangered species. - Pumas live for an average of 12-13 years in the wild.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Roger - You are so true, the only reason the media have had a field day on the one fox attack case to to reflect them in a bad light and re-instate fox hunting, which by the way i think should happen, fox hunting has happened for hundreds of years, and it shouldnt be stopped by some city dwellers in suits who think they know best! Sara - If you're refering to MPs that voted against the ban, I'll grant the majority of that majority were unlikely of the ilk that come from estate owning stock, and were as such affected by it very little. What's more, you could argue that most hunts occur on private land, thus making the fox a trespasser. BANG! I firmly believe what a person or party does on or in landproperty which they own to be their own business and no-one else's. Naturally, murdering a person is out of the question as much as killing a spider is fair-game; establishing checkpoints for the intervening grey area is the challenge, I suppose. You might say the fox, at large, poses a threat to chickens, particularly those lucky enough to call themselves free-range, and thus that the archaic practice of chasing down the fox individually with a pack of peckish beagles keeps millions of hens out of battery farms. My views, conclusively, are laced with hypocracy. Afterall, I do live in a city, but I seldom wear a suit.

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • Ah, yes, that would be it ;-)

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    GJ

    Saturday, April 2, 2011

  • High rise council blocks do have their advantages.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Keith, Geoffroy's Cat is about half the size of a 'normal' cat and definitely has personal hygiene issues so you may not want it in the house. Might not be the best Puma Attack Prevention. Suggest anaconda or similar or alligator? As for the 'Sensible Country People' - is that an oxymoron by our esteemed edp editors or is it just a dig that city dwellers, not limited to those in Mile Cross, have a low IQ and may, therefore, easily mistake a black labrador for a puma. Speaking of editing, I enjoyed the edp front cover last week where it mentioned 'Raf Marham's close proximity to the Middle East'

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    GJ

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Pumas (Puma Concolor) are the most widespread of the American cats and have the largest distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. These large slender cats are found across a diverse range of habitats, from arid desert to cold coniferous forest, and although terrestrial, can swim and climb trees when they need to. Pumas are powerful predators and hunt by stalking and ambushing their prey. However, if ill or young, they themselves can become lunch for hungry wolves or bears. They hold the record for the mammal with the most common names - over 40 in English alone.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • I'm sure Mr Alcock made his comments lightheartedly, however, this is a serious matter. If these beasts successfully breed in the wild, we could soon have feral panthers roaming the streets of Mile Cross, much like these urban foxes we seem to have accepted. I would suggest that Skyenet would have been better off reaching for his gun than his camera!

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    Valpy Word

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • As pumas can apparently reach a height of 7-8 feet AND I live in a ground floor Mile Cross flat, should I be taking any precautions against potential puma attack?

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    Simon Alcock

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Sara Brown - You cannot possibly know how many urban foxes there are or how many attacks they've carried out. These baby eating monsters have no place on the streets of Mile Cross or anywhere else. Perhaps we could introduce urban foxhunting on cycles rather than horses?

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    Valpy Word

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • I was bored shooting squirrels so I started a rumour I told the press that I'd seen a big puma From my tall tales I have found That one 'Public Mound' Appears to have no sense of humour.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Once upon a time, this thread was about a black cat. What happened?

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    Simon Alcock

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Ha ha Keith, i drive through Mile Cross everyday and i quite often see roaming heffers (often, i assume, on their way to and from a burger bar!) lol

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    sara.brownuk

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • City Boy: your comments would be ever so slightly more interesting to read had you included appropriate uses of punctuation.

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    Public_mound

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I'm sure Mr Alcock is trying to be lighthearted but this is a serious matter. If these creatures manage to successfully breed in the wild, how long before we have feral panthers roaming the streets of Mile Cross like the nuisance urban foxes we now seem to tolerate?

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    Valpy Word

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Apparently she is at the 'end of her tether'.

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    Public_mound

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • @6panther, there's no such thing as a black Panther, so no whatever it was it was most definitely NOT a Panther. What is often referred to as a Black Panther are either melanistic Leopards or Jaguars or possibly a Puma although there has again NEVER been an authenticated Black PumaCougar ever recorded. The genus Panthera covers most of the big cats Lions, Leopards etc but there is no actual animal called a Black Panther

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    Richard_Waugh

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Keith - unfortunately the methods of fending of a Puma attack unarmed are not without an element of risk, the best way to deal with it is to not get into a one-on-one dispute with ANY wild cat. If, however, you find yourself being pursued by the Puma itself, run fast and in a zig-zag line towards the nearest shelter with a lockable door. If it manages to attack you, the Police recommended (if unpleasant) method of forcing an animal to release it's jaws is to take you index finger and insert it into the rear end of the animal in question - now is not the time to be polite! Of course, you will be left with a very annoyed and dangerous animal attached to your hand!

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    NR3Bob

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Forgot to add Mile Cross and Bayfield are a few miles apart so should be safe for a while.

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    City Boy

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Fully grown, pumas can reach the height of 7 to 8 feet. An adult weighs between 100 and 250 pounds.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Sorry, Simon, I think you've had it :-(

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    GJ

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Sara Brown - You cannot possibly know how many urban foxes there are or how many attacks they've carried out. These baby eating monsters have no place on the streets of Mile Cross or anywhere else. Perhaps we could introduce urban foxhunting on cycles rather than horses?

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    Valpy Word

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Keith is the most popular 64th name in USA. One in every 276 Americans is named KEITH and popularity of name KEITH is 3.62 people per thousand.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • There once was a man from Yuma, Who told an elephant joke to a puma, Now his body lies, Under the hot desert skies, For the puma had no sense of huma.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • I was bored shooting squirrels so I started a rumour I told the press that I'd seen a big puma From my tall tales I have found That one 'Public Mound' Appears to have no sense of humour.

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    Keith

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Keith - unfortunately the methods of fending of a Puma attack unarmed are not without an element of risk, the best way to deal with it is to not get into a one-on-one dispute with ANY wild cat. If, however, you find yourself being pursued by the Puma itself, run fast and in a zig-zag line towards the nearest shelter with a lockable door. If it manages to attack you, the Police recommended (if unpleasant) method of forcing an animal to release it's jaws is to take you index finger and insert it into the rear end of the animal in question - now is not the time to be polite! Of course, you will be left with a very annoyed and dangerous animal attached to your hand!

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    NR3Bob

    Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Keith is the most popular 64th name in USA. One in every 276 Americans is named KEITH and popularity of name KEITH is 3.62 people per thousand.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Roger - I would just like to add that Grey Squirrels are classed as vermin and are as bigger pest as rats. They eat eggs and baby chicks straight from the nes - not nice. They have lowered the native population of red squirrels by out-competing them for food and space because they are larger and stronger, to the point where the native Red Squirrel can only be found in a handfull of places in the UK. (to shoot a red squirrel is illegal) They do often have to be culled in conservation areas as they have over populated and in addittion they gnaw through the bark of trees and making them susceptible to infection and fungus. I would imagine this is what the 3 Squirrel shooters were doing, and of course under license, and therefore were being sensible.

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    sara.brownuk

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I once saw a couple of wild elephants queuing for a burger outside The Windmill in Mile Cross.

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    Keith

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • I think Jason already has his wish. The last time I went into the Lidl's on Aylsham Road it was full of wild animals

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    Simon Alcock

    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Pumas (Puma Concolor) are the most widespread of the American cats and have the largest distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. These large slender cats are found across a diverse range of habitats, from arid desert to cold coniferous forest, and although terrestrial, can swim and climb trees when they need to. Pumas are powerful predators and hunt by stalking and ambushing their prey. However, if ill or young, they themselves can become lunch for hungry wolves or bears. They hold the record for the mammal with the most common names - over 40 in English alone.

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    Public_mound

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Seems like another job for the Fire Service then - they're pretty good with cats, pigeons & horses so the odd Puma should be a doddle.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Monday, March 28, 2011

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