|Posted on April 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM|
There were not a lot of sightings coming in over the winter months, the few that did were concentrated on the Hampshire and Surrey borders. Mostly of a dark brown big cat that appeared now and then and also of a labrador sized black big cat all sightings of which were well west of Petersfield. The vey wet winter we had contributed to the lack of reports coming in as people would spend less time outside and also the general visibilty was poor. The usual winter evidence searches were carried out with interesting clusters of fallow deer bones were found in the Ashdown forest by a fisherman and also by myself in the Hurst green area and Sedlescombe the last of which held 3 different fallow deer all apparently youngish animals judging by the small leg bone sizes. Intensive secondary scavenging was noted by foxes etc. however the mystery as to how up to 3 deer carcases ended up within 50 feet of each other well away from a main road in some pretty thick cover is a mystery that leads the mind to think of predation by a large carnivore. No big cat paw prints or other possible evidence were found despite some intensive searches carried out although the kills were well over 2 weeks old when found as it can take this long for scavengers to strip the bones away from each other.
The latest sighting has been last week at Mill hill on the downs as reported to this website and coincidentely there was a report of a big cat at this time last year from near here at Thunder barrow on the downs north of Hangleton.