Mar 2 2010 by Tony Henderson, The Journal
WILDLIFE expert Ian Bond will tonight explore the conviction that panthers are living wild in the North East. Ian, who is Hartlepool Council’s ecologist, has been logging big cat sightings for the last 10 years. A member of the Northumbria Mammal group, he has recorded around 150 sightings which have been made at close quarters. Tonight at 7pm in
Recent sightings have included:
A big cat 2ft in height at Souter Point in South Shields; A man walking at Croft, near Darlington, who saw a deer heading towards him at speed, pursued by a large black creature a couple of feet behind; A woman walking her dogs beside the river near Morpeth when a large black animal ran in front of them and scaled a wall; A big cat of around 5ft in length was seen between Newton Moor and Longframlington in Northumberland. The observer returned to the area the next day and found a deer leg bone.
I have met Ian Bond. I found him serious about his work, knowledgeable and believable. Both myself and my daughter were impressed with his demeanour and honesty. I hope he finds proof that cannot be disputed.