Friday, January 20, 2012

'Big cat' may have struck again as third deer found mauled to death

The Beast of Stroud may have struck for a third time after a mutilated roe deer was yesterday found 10 miles from the scene of the first killing.

Worker Mike Gorry, who spotted it on a building site while moving fencing, said: “It was big so something large must have killed it, although I’m no expert.”

Big cat hunter Frank Tunbridge, 65, believes the animal was mauled by the beast, thought to have killed two other deer in the past two weeks.

He said: “With these carcasses the prey’s nose was bitten off, which is ­something lions and other big cats do. There also seems to be a few quarries near where the latest one was found.

“Big cats love to hide in places like that. It could have hunted all night and then killed the animal, maybe going back for seconds ­afterwards.” Read More