Police launched an air search yesterday (24th October 2006) after a number of people reported seeing a big ‘black’ cat near Weald Country Park, Brentwood.
Essex Police said it is now interviewing several people who had reported seeing the animal, which has been described as being the size of a puma.
People have been urged to report any sighting to the police, but not to approach the animal. Pet owners have also been advised to keep their animals inside.
The police are expected to liaise with wildlife experts to draw up a plan based on the information they have received so far.
A police spokeswoman said there has been an unconfirmed report of a deer being killed by the cat, but so far, no carcass has been found.
She also added “Experts say that once a cat of this kind (and size) has eaten, it will find somewhere to sleep and would usually take the carcass with it. So possible a reason why nothing has been found.
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