Big cat encounter leaves John feline concerned

PUBLISHED: 11:08 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

John Macovich and Harry at the spot where the lynx was seen.

John Macovich and Harry at the spot where the lynx was seen.

HAS the Beast of Brookmans Park finally met its nemesis? Another wild cat has been spotted in Times Territory, but this time it is not the black, panther-like creature that has roamed these parts before. Instead, it s a creamy/white-coloured feline that c

HAS the Beast of Brookmans Park finally met its nemesis?

Another wild cat has been spotted in Times Territory, but this time it is not the black, panther-like creature that has roamed these parts before.

Instead, it's a creamy/white-coloured feline that could well be his counterpart - the Cole Green Carnivore.

John Macovich, 61, told the WHT he was "shocked" when he spotted the cat, which stood about 3ft tall, while out walking his dog in Cole Green.

He said it was "prowling" as it carefully watched John and his Labrador Harry.

"I saw something in the distance that looked a really unusual creamy, beige colour," he said.

"At first I didn't know what it was, but as we got closer I could see it was some kind of big cat.

"We got about 70 yards away from the creature and it did not move, it just looked at us. It was about the size of a Great Dane dog.

"At this point we made a retreat and as I looked behind us it had run off.

"I'm sure it was a big cat though, just by its mannerisms.

"Thinking about it now it was rather unnerving.

"My wife said she had seen something at dusk a day before, but I dismissed it because of the bad light, however now I'm sure she was right.

"My main worry is that there is a school nearby, and if this is something dangerous it might attack the children."

Dr Rob Martin, who is head of cats at the Welwyn Cat Survival Trust, said: "The main cats wandering around this area are pumas, lynx and leopards.

"It is hard to tell what this could have been, but by the description given, it seems as if the only cat it could possibly be is a lynx. The colour is right and so is the size.

"A lynx would have a distinctive short tail and pointy ears, so if anyone sees it around, that's what it will be."

If you see the animal contact Dr Martin at the sanctuary in Codicote Road, Welwyn, on 01438 716873.

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