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‘Big cat’ suspected in spate of sheep killings

Sheep in local farms were discovered dead, having been killed violently, with others found bloodied and injured.
Sep 2nd 2013, 4:01 PM 7,864 48

POLICE IN DOWN are investigating a number of recent attacks on sheep as well as some so-called ‘big cat’ sightings in the county.

Over recent weeks, a number of farmers in the Hill Road, Ballynahinch Road and Mullaghdrin Road areas are understood to have found sheep killed in what appeared to be violent attacks.

Some other landowners reported sheep missing and others bloodied and injured.

Local residents have claimed to have spotted a ‘big cat’ in the same general area and the PSNI said today that local officers are making enquiries.

“While we would stress that there has been no confirmation of the presence of any ‘big cat’ in the area, we would ask that anyone who has lost sheep or other livestock in similar fashion recently, or anyone who sees an animal which they believe to be dangerous to contact police,” they said.

However they warned that under no circumstances should any wild or undomesticated animal be approached.

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Local police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.

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