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 Sunday, 19 January, 2003, 15:32 GMT
Driver spots big cat
Big cat graphic
A 'puma-like' animal killed a dog two weeks ago
A big cat has been spotted by a driver in west Wales when it crossed the road in front of her car.

The woman told Dyfed-Powys Police she saw the animal on the A40 at Broad Oak near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire on Sunday.

A police helicopter was launched to try to catch sight of the animal but without success.

A puma
This is the fifth sighting of a 'big cat'
Two weeks ago, a black puma-like animal killed a pet in nearby Llangadog.

There have been other sightings in the area since then, and armed police spent several days trying to find the animal.

A police inspector said there were no plans to call out marksmen again for the latest sighting.

Farmer Mike Shepherd, 62, first saw a cat-like animal attack and kill a neighbour's pet whippet on his farm in Llangadog, which was then joined by another animal thought to be its cub.

Predator

A post-mortem examination on the dog confirmed it had been killed by a large predator.

Further tests were ordered, as the examination proved inconclusive, but DNA results have not come back yet.

Four further sightings of a big cat in the area were reported following the attack.

Police warned farmers to be vigilant and to patrol their land in pairs.


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