Big cat sighting in Outwell

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THE Citizen’s recent story about a sighting in Manea of one of the big cats thought to be in the area has prompted an Outwell resident to come forward with a sighting which could be the same cat.

The resident, who doesn’t want to be named, managed to take several pictures of a cat he has described as being bigger than a domestic cat and around the size of a small fox.

big cat sighting in outwell basin sept 13 2011

big cat sighting in outwell basin sept 13 2011

He has seen the animal several times eating rabbits and pigeons on fields in the Outwell Basin area.

He saw it several weeks ago and then it returned last Tuesday.

“I watched it hunt rabbits and pigeons it is slightly smaller than a fox,” said the resident, describing it as silver coloured with black dots and black lines on its tail.

The cat was first noticed in the area by the reader’s girlfriend who saw it by the fishpond.

“A couple of days later we both saw it again,” said the resident.

He reckons he was about 100 yards away from the animal when he saw it more recently on the fields.

The resident has lived in the area for 26 years and about two years ago saw a different darker-coloured big cat.

“I think this one looks like a young one,” he added.

Earlier this month, the Citizen carried a story from a Manea resident who described seeing a sandy-coloured big cat from her window in Westfield Road which was much bigger than a domestic cat.

There have been several sightings in Fenland over the years of what people have described as big cats in areas including Manea, Chatteris, Wisbech St Mary and Guyhirn.

Also large paw print impressions have also been found in the past in Fenland fields.