About This Blog


Welcome to the blog site which follows up the book: BIG CATS – Facing Britain’s Wild Predators by Rick Minter.

This site has comments posted by the author at occasional intervals. Rick is regularly involved in big cats research, investigation and public outreach work. Posts on this site provide feedback from some of the key moments in this activity.

If you have a sighting of a big cat to report, the Links section has a relevant web site where you can make the report, you will get a follow up response and the report will be logged amongst others in a systematic way.

The Lore of the Cats section of the site is for art, stories, verse, and examples of folklore prompted by the subject. If you have suggestions for this section please contact Rick via the comment function below.

Everyone is welcome to join in the follow-up discussions via the comment function, whatever your experience.

Thanks for your interest.

Rick Minter



  1. Hi there rick, enjoyed reading the book, and feel it will be a useful addition to take with me and refer to when i go on my weekly trips trying to find evidence, however i would also like to say that not all of us “chattering anoraks” see this subject simply as a puzzle which will be solved by producing a 100% indisputable photograph! (well not myself anyway)


  2. DEFRA had a sheep carcass off me from a BC killing. As soon as it was in the boot of their car they told me the DNA results would prove inconclusive. Get more cameras out there!


  3. I have had 5 sightings of big black cats in Moray over a period of 13 years. I have seen pug marks, smelled the strong tom cat odour and have heard what I believe to be leopards, once a coughing sound, once a warning ‘grumble’. I’ve just read your book, which I thoughly enjoyed. I’ve long held a theory that these cats have adapted to their surroundings over time as they appear to have smaller heads and less dentition than their African cousins. I’ve only seen black cats but people around here have also seen brown and grey cats and lynx. I have also had 2 dog related incidents where my dog was utterly terrified by something in the bushes and once actually led me away from the spot, pulling at my hand and only calming down when we decided to walk along a different path.
    I don’t know if we will ever fully know the full story of why these animals are here but I’m of the mind that the escaped animals over many years have colonised this country, although in my heart I would like to think there is a native cat, other than the lynx, which has simply been long unnoticed.

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