Scientists have failed to find any evidence that “big cats” killed two roe deer found dead in Gloucestershire.
The National Trust commissioned DNA tests after finding one deer on its land at Woodchester Park, in Stroud, and one a few miles away last month.
Warwick University experts said they had only found DNA relating to foxes and deer on the bodies of the animals.
Forty-five samples were tested for the saliva of any dog or cat-related species.Tests found fox DNA on both carcasses.
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So, no big cat but those convinced aren’t deterred. I’m left wondering if the fox DNA was from scavenging. It’s not stated. Did the animals die of natural causes? Not clear from what’s given.
UPDATE: (5-Feb-2012) More on sightings in Gloucestershire and the people who investigate.