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Grosskatzen in Europa?
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Grosskatzen in Europa?

erstellt am: 11/4/2004 um 15:05
Hier die neueste Sichtung einer Grosskatze in Grossbritannien. Ihren Ursprung durfte etwa die 70er Jahre sein, als man laut gesetzt keine Grosskatzen mehr dort halten durfte, allerdings war es nicht verboten diese auszusetzen. Was dann viele auch taten.
Bleibt nur einige Fragen offen, gibt es dort ein genügend grosser Bestand um eine Population aufzubauen?
Können diese Tiere sich in den dort vorherschende Klima reproduzieren? Oder gar länger überleben? Könnten solche Tiere bei uns (hier in D) auch überleben? Hin und wieder werden Sichtungen in Deutschland auch gemeldet.


09:00 - 06 April 2004  
Servicemen on night manoeuvres at a Cornish air base have reported sighting a large black puma-like animal.

They say they saw the creature in a series of separate sightings around the RAF station at St Mawgan.

Now motion detectors are being put around the base in a bid to track the animal and catch it on camera.

Witnesses, who did not wish to be identified, compared the cat's size with a fox that was in the field at the same time, saying it was "five times the length of the fox", with a head like a puma or panther.

The animal was observed for various lengths of time from different points around the airfield by personnel using night vision equipment.

Squadron Leader Dave Webster said: "We need to maintain the integrity of the sighting area so that zoologists can ascertain whether or not the creature was in transit or if it has become a more frequent visitor.

"The zoological specialists on site are keen to get on with the job of determining how often this creature has visited RAF St Mawgan."

Sqn Ldr Webster warned: "This is an active military installation, which is regularly patrolled and guarded.

"In the present security climate it would be extremely unwise for anyone to attempt to venture on to the base in an attempt to see if this creature is still here."

According to one observer the animal is at least six feet long.

RAF St Mawgan staff consulted experts on how to investigate the matter further.

Group Captain Jim Goodbourn, the base's commanding officer, has given authority for specialist monitoring and detection equipment, including motion detectors and night-time recording devices, to be sited around the area where the sightings took place.

Mike Thomas, former director of Newquay Zoo, and a recognised expert on big cats, said: "The RAF has acknowledged the need to investigate this phenomenon in a totally scientific manner.

"I am glad to see that the RAF has taken a sensible approach by calling in the experts to advise on this matter."

Sqn Ldr Webster said that if it appeared the creature was a frequent visitor to the Cornish air base, the RAF and zoological experts would make every possible attempt to ensure that it was captured humanely, so that it could be examined by the appropriate zoological experts.

He said the RAF had an overriding duty of care to ensure the safety of military and civilian personnel, as well as that of dependants who made use of the station's recreational and leisure facilities.

Wildlife experts believe the appearance of big cats in the wild could be linked to a change in the laws governing the keeping of wild animals some 30 years ago.

That change prompted the owners of pumas, leopards, lynxes and other exotic pets to free them rather than pay for a licence and submit to inspections.

Robin Godbeer, of the Dartmoor-based Big Black Cat Society, said this sighting could have been a leopard or a jaguar.

He said the RAF's combination of night vision equipment and motion detectors is ideal for documenting visits by the cat.

"They do tend to be more active at night," he added.

"The best thing to spot them is low light surveillance equipment and motion detectors."


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