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List: Top Ten English Counties for Big Cat Sightings

Date: 2005

Source: The British Big Cats Society

Base: From a total of 2,123 sightings throughout the UK and Ireland between April 2004 and July 2005.

Notes: The Society believes that a third of the total sightings are hoaxes or cases of mistaken identity. About 60% of reported sightings were of panther-like black cats, 32% were brown or sandy-coloured creatures, posssibly pumas; and 6% most closely resembled lynx. In addition, Scotland had 125 sightings, Wales 123 and Ireland 17. Danny Bamping, the society's founder, said: "There are also people who insist on reporting the likes of the Pink Panther, Garfield, Top Cat and Simba."

Rank

County

No. Sightings

1

Devon

132

2

Yorkshire

127

3

Gloucestershire

104

4

Sussex

103

5

Cornwall

99

6

Kent

92

7

Somerset

91

8

Leicestershire

89

9

West Midlands

87

10

Dorset

82


 

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