The Beast of Bodmin Moor is said to be a black panther like creature . It supposedly lives on Bodmin Moor in
There have been around 60 reported sightings in the area since 1983. In the early 1990's, when farmers found their animals savaged, the national press fueled speculation as to whether a big cat, a panther or perhaps a leopard was living wild on the moor. Photographs had been produced over the years with what appeared to be a large catlike creature prowling the moor.Most are too fuzzy to make a definite identification.
The Ministry of Agriculture commissioned an investigation in 1995, which concluded that there was 'no verifiable evidence' that the beast existed. However the government report also stated that "the investigation could not prove that a 'big cat' is not present.".
There has been little physical evidence to support the sightings. A 14-year-old boy discovered a skull with large fangs, in the River Fowey on Bodmin Moor in
In October 1997, officials from Newquay Zoo identified paw prints left in mud to the south of Bodmin Moor as the tracks of a puma.
In August 1998 a 20-second video was released and some wild cat enthusiasts believed that it confirmed that big cats roam Bodmin Moor.
Then in November 1999 a squadron of Cornish RAF reserves spent a night on the moors trying to track the beast with the lastest hi-tech military night-vision equipment. Unfortunately bad weather hampered their operation and they had no luck.
So mystery beast or big cat? In the 1970’s in the
Captured on video 1998:
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