The Role of DEFRA
I sent a letter to DEFRA
asking them what they were doing to protect the public from
possible big cat attacks. I also asked them what they were
doing to help the farmers who are loosing large amounts of
livestock to the big cats.
This is their reply:
Thank you for your letter of 11 September. This department's
interest in big cats is in relation to the safety of livestock.
The department is aware that there have been an increasing
number of reports of the presence of big cats living wild
in the country and that these reports are often associated
with attacks on livestock. The departments approach is to
ask the Wildlife Management Team, the departments wildlife
advisers, to investigate individual reports of suspicious
livestock deaths. None of the cases investigated so far have
provided any evidence to support claims that a big cat was
involved. However, the department will continue to investigate
all genuine reports where big cats are alleged to be causing
Any danger to human life
is the responsibility of the Home Office and the police and
if members of the public come across a big cat in the wild
they should report it to the police. The local authority should
also be notified so that they can investigate whether the
animal escaped from a zoo etc.
deaths'. If big cats are not responsible then what is?
I will keep you informed of the answer to that question.