Police are investigating so-called “big cat” sightings in County Down.
Reports of a number of animal attacks on sheep in the Hillsborough and Dromara areas are also being followed up.
According to police, farmers in the Hill Road, Ballynahinch Road and Mullaghdrin Road areas are reported to have found sheep killed in what appeared to be attacks by a predator.
Other landowners have found that sheep are missing or bloodied and injured.
I searched for more info on this but several of the articles are exactly the same with no additional information. They SUSPECT it is a big cat and there is mention of sightings, no details. Just remember, dogs do attack livestock.
And as this article notes, even though for some reason, the rumor is of a black panther, most of these reports turn out to NOT be big cats and the livestock deaths are also not due to alien big cats.
David Wilson of the USPCA said that most large cat sightings come to nothing.
He said the only case where a cat was ever caught in Northern Ireland was on February 18, 1996 when police shot a Lynx at Garvallagh Road in Fintona, Co Tyrone.