Big stocky ‘lynx’ cat seen in Gloucestershire waiting to ‘crush’ muntjac deer


A man has described the moment he saw a big, stocky lynx with a ‘pit bull’ frame stalking three muntjac deer as day broke on the horizon in Coleford.

Nick Watkins lives in Bream and commuted to work as he does every day on the same route down the hill to his parents via the village of Sling.

The 34-year-old said: “It was early morning around 6.20am. I was dropping my two dogs off at my parents’ house like they have them when I go to work.

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“It was the same routine as any other day when I leave my home in Bream and walk through the village of Sling.

“It was when I was driving down the hill and thought I saw a stray dog ​​while I was driving.

“I’m from the forest so I always see sheep, boar and deer on my way to work, so I drive carefully because you just don’t know what might be around the corner, and you know , I don’t want my car to be a write-off.

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“I saw what I initially thought was the stray dog. He was stocky like a pit bull with high shoulders and long front legs and he was stomping around.

“It took a few seconds for my eyes to adjust, and I realized it wasn’t a dog. I was like ‘it’s not a dog, it’s a fucking fat cat’ “.

Nick saw three muntjac deer nearby, and he thinks the big cat was chasing the deer.

He said: ‘He was a huge, muscular big cat. It was golden light brown and just massive.

“He was watching me from about 50 yards away. Then, I’m not kidding, he leapt off an almost vertical embankment and sped off.

“In other words, he was well fed and didn’t look like he was hungry. After talking with Frank Tunbridge about what I saw, it makes sense because they live off deer and there are plenty of them here.

Nick has heard stories of big cat sightings in the past, but didn’t tell anyone about what he had seen for some time.

He said: ‘I haven’t told my girlfriend or even the boys. It was a few weeks later, a boy I know was talking when he was fishing late at night and he heard a tapping outside his tent. He stuck his head out of the tent and saw a big cat drinking from the lake. He shone his torch on it and fled.

Nick will never forget what he saw at dawn that September morning.

He said, “It’s just the way he was stomping. He was about to run over these little muntjac deer until I disturbed him.

“We didn’t have time to take a picture. I thought about going out and then I said to myself, no way am I working.

Wildlife and exotic animal expert Frank Tunbridge believes Nick saw a Eurasian lynx that morning.

He said: “The Eurasian lynx, the largest of the lynx family, is about five to six times larger than a domestic cat.

“Apparently they became extinct in Britain in medieval times due to hunting and habitat loss.

“There are proposals to reintroduce them to selected wild areas in the UK, such as Kielder Forest in the North East of England and Scotland. So we could soon have the lynx as our neighbors again.

“But wait, aren’t they already here? Well, not according to UK lynx groups and other professional bodies. Yet we often get these clear and detailed lynx reports from astute members of the public .

“Reports I’ve had over the years have described what they saw as an animal seen up close with all the characteristics that can only be linked to a lynx. As I always say, once seen , Never forget.

“They are often remembered for the short blackened tail, the high pointed ears, topped with long black hair, on a background of sandy gray fur.

“Lynxes are so super attuned with their superb senses of sight and hearing, seeing one in a wild environment, up close, is a rarity.

“Lynxes encompass all ‘S’ movements in their wild lifestyle, secrecy, stealth, surprise, speed and strength. Almost the SAS of the big cat world.

“I received a call from Nick on his way to work in the Forest of Dean in late summer 2021 at around 6.40am.

“He saw a big fawn-colored cat on the road, which matched the description of the lynx. He slowed down until he was about 50 yards away and the animal took a huge leap up the bank. then disappeared from sight.

“This is just one of the many lynx reports I receive every year from across the country, endorsing the fact that lynx are already here. small mammals.

“Lynxes are harmless to humans under normal circumstances, and I hope video evidence will soon emerge to prove their existence as already being here in our forests, and a welcome addition to our diverse UK wildlife.”

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