|Posted on October 13, 2017 at 5:45 PM|
2 small clusters of sightings have been developing in the county. In the Storrrington general area a medium sized big cat of around 22" at the shoulder or labrador sized has been reported. All sightings have been of a cat out in the open but near dense cover which it shoots back into when realising it has been seen. The second clump of reports has been coming in from the last month in the Ashdown forest area again, this time it seems to be of a very large black cat that on 1 occasion appeared to be chasing a deer across the road near dusk in front of 2 witnesses. On another occasion a very large alsation sized black cat was reported to of been seen in stalking mode along a grassy track before nipping into the now dying of bracken, this too was near dusk on one of the more remote and high up parts of the forest. The brown, puma type cat seen often in the summer here has not been seen since. Although no reports have come in of a brown cat anywhere in recent years sightings of this type of cat crop up more on the north western fringes of West Sussex and supposedly heads for the Surrey hills and beyond where sightings in winter of a big brown cat crop up in places like Ash and the Hogs back. That makes 3 separate cats whilst I also have 2 reports of a medium sized black cat come in from the Tunbridge wells area and on into Kent when I looked into a big cat sighting near Hop farm at Beltring. Plenty of thick, overgrown and wild scrub here to contain a cat. I have no other reports from elswhere in the county but october is usually a high month for sightings as the cover is dying back but it's still light in early evening.