Sighting of 'beautiful black cat' near Carlisle
Published at 08:38, Thursday, 09 August 2012
Two anglers have spoken about the moment they saw a “beautiful black cat” bound over a fence near Carlisle.
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I notice most of the reports are around asda/rockcliffe/harker/blackford.For those that dont know, Brooke Milestone used to live on the A7 and had a population of RED DEER penned in. When he died, somebody cut the fences down & released the deer.For those that havent seen Deer in the dark, using artificial light - car headlights, infrared, spotlamps etc....then they have 2 great big shiny eyes that reflect back. these are often confused with eyes of a cat.If you spot a ROE DEER then, you can be forgiven, if you think its a CAT. but a RED DEER, well your a fool if you think it could be even the biggest of cats.... (unless it is laying down)so there you go, mystery solved, everyone is seeing DEER, not CATS.
Robert, I've seen deer across the river from there, but these are roe deer, not the much larger red deer. Roe deer, having few natural predators, (other than man) have become more & more common over the last 15/20 years & are spreading out to take advantage of the more urban areas around the outskirts of towns & cities. As Roe are secretive by nature & spend their daytime laying up in woodland or long grass, venturing forth to feed at dusk, they can exist in an area more of less un-noticed except for their distinctive tracks.Roe deer are about the size of a large dog or as their Latin name (Capreolus capreolus) suggests, about the size of a goat. Red deer are much larger & in Cumbria confined to Grizedale forest & areas in the Lake District, so it's extremely unlikely the deer witnessed at Rickerby were red.
re Mosstrooper,i was walking around the canal on top of the bank,i saw 6 deer feeding.i told a neighbour who laughted at me,3 weeks later that neighbour knocked on my door telling me he saw the herd of deer,there were feeding around the canal outlet next to the waverley viaduct.so if 2 people seen them on 2 different occations there did exit.