The links below relate to books, references and points made during BCC episodes…
Coryn’s big cat – stills from the video footage: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097638/Wildcat-Woodchester-video-Six-foot-leopard-caught-camera.html
Exmoor Zoo: https://www.exmoorzoo.co.uk/
Alex’s website where he explains his experience of being stalked by the panther: www.mybigcatsightings.co.uk
Exmoor Beast: fact or Fiction? by the late Trevor Beer: www.DevonBooks.com
Merlin: The story of a Westcountry leopard. Available from: https://www.nhbs.com/merlin-the-story-of-a-westcountry-leopard-book
Bod the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Available from: www.naturama.co.uk
Big Cats of the Chilterns website (managed by our second guest Paulo): http://bigcatsofthechilterns.weebly.com/
Big Cats of the Chilterns Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bigcatsofthechilterns/
National Geographic article and photos about leopards in Mumbai – as mentioned by Paulo: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2015/12/leopards-moving-to-cities/
Nigel Spencer (our first guest): https://www.facebook.com/rutland.pantherwatch
Aussie listeners and The Hunt documentary A shout out to our friends from Australia – a big thanks for listening! We plan to cover the parallel issues in Australia in a future episode in an interview with Simon Townsend. We’re looking forward to the forthcoming Australian documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDoFKaQcXXc
Link to trailer for Brititain’s Big Cat Mystery, produced by Matt Everett (click “Watch on Vimeo”).
Link to David Neils’ site of Colorado wildlife camera-trap footage and advice. https://vimeo.com/wildnaturemedia
Web link for Big Cats Victoria, the website co-hosted by our guest Simon Townsend. http://www.bigcatsvic.com.au/
Details of the book jointly authored by Simon, Snarls from the Tea Tree.
A trailer for the forthcoming documentary on big cats in Australia, The Hunt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDoFKaQcXXc
Details of the book Savage Shadow by the late David O’Reilly, as recommended by Simon Townsend and Rick in the second half of Episode 10.
BBC Documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet – first and last features show puma’s struggling to predate guanacos. es-1-3-south-america
Article on Texas pumas introduced to Florida, to strengthen the Florida panther population. https://phys.org/news/2019-10-texas-puma-florida-panther.html
Video and article on experiment showing pumas fleeing from recorded human voices. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/06/california-cougars-fear-human-voices-spd/
Information on Bear Wood at Wild Place, the location where this podcast episode was recorded. https://wildplace.org.uk/explore-the-park/bear-wood
Details of Beyond Conservation, Peter Taylor’s first book on rewilding.
Details of Rewilding, Peter Taylor’s second book on the topic. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rewilding-Peter-Taylor/dp/0954706420/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2/257-6969756-6584706?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0954706420&pd_rd_r=babc94f4-d423-4b62-b78b-759969b2fec1&pd_rd_w=ZvU4x&pd_rd_wg=dIwdx&pf_rd_p=6f720012-7a84-4e92-a268-5ba72c1e4b52&pf_rd_r=B0R51C72PKMGHWR7ZBNA&psc=1&refRID=B0R51C72PKMGHWR7ZBNA
Link to the book, Beast in the Garden, on past puma incidents near Boulder, Colorado, as mentioned by Peter and Rick. https://www.beastinthegarden.com
Link to video on the challenge of camera trapping and photographing Eurasian lynx in the Jura mountains of Switzerland and France, where lynx were reintroduced in the early 1970s.
Wendy’s (our first guest) Facebook group: Big Cat Believers ONLY https://www.facebook.com/groups/441385513073471/
A helpful summary briefing on feral cats…
A selection of big cat sculptures produced by our guest Shaun Williamson
Australian film, The Hunter, featuring a Thylacine (Tasmaniam wolf) – as discussed by Rick and Shaun.
Footage of a large black animal, captured in the Forest Of Dean in 2019, as discussed by Rick. Judge for yourself what you think…
A link to the report of a panther reported in Berja, Spain in 2013. This is a different case to the one discussed by Peter our guest in this episode. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/en-espanol/sdhoy-black-panther-spotted-in-southern-spain-2013aug27-story.html
Example photos of Bubblehomes under construction, as mentioned in the podcast discussion, by our guest Peter Hughes in Spain.
Our guest Paul is happy to network with anyone interested in big cat reports in and around the Scottish Borders. His email is: macdonaldacademyATaol.com
Here is a link to the armoury website for our guest Paul, showing the historical works described briefly in the episode: www.macdonaldarms.com/armoury
Link to the book on naturalised animals of Britain and Ireland mentioned by Rick in the episode: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naturalized-Animals-Britain-Ireland/dp/1847734545
Missing Panther – good luck to the new podcast on Australian big cat sightings… https://missingpanther.com.au/
Our guests, Alyn and Neil, on location in the Forest of Dean.
Diagrams showing types of stride patterns in certain mammals, including diagonal walking, our word of the week. http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/wild/track_patterns.pdf
Photos of the wild boar carcass thought to be killed and eaten by a big cat found in the Forest of Dean, as explained by one of our guests, Alyn.
Facebook group for Big Cat sightings in the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas, run by one of the guests, Alyn. https://www.facebook.com/groups/324934368395533/
Information and video on servals in their black, melanistic form in southern Africa. https://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/natural-world/whats-the-deal-with-kenyas-pitch-black-wild-cats/
The Beast Of Hayling Island: details on the jungle cat killed on the road in Hayling Island. http://thespring.co.uk/news/the-beast-of-hayling-island/
Beavers back in Cornwall – details of the Cornwall beaver project as discussed by Jay and Rhoda. https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/our-conservation-work/on-land/cornwall-beaver-project
Photographs of alleged big cat in Herefordshire woodland taken by John our guest. First two are zoomed in, bottom photo shows full distance. We will try to scale the photos with John in the future.
Black leopard mother and cubs in Kenya: A short video clip of a melanistic leopard with young cubs. The rosettes on one of the cubs here means the father would have been a more usual spotted leopard, as two black leopard parents breed on 100% black offspring.
Journal of Zoology 2010 paper on black leopards in the Malay Peninsula https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Near-fixation-of-melanism-in-leopards-of-the-Malay-Kawanishi-Sunquist/515cb80bafb696f31c9cc925cf1905232791febd
A short video explanation of allele, as mentioned in the discussion on melanism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsaYSGWuRmo
An ulna bone found by Paul (episode 17) showing shearing at the top and tooth pit impressions – top photo shows 1 pit, second and third show 3. This sample is to be analysed in the tooth pit study at Royal Agricultural University.
Michael Mayes’ blog website, Texas Cryptid Hunter: http://texascryptidhunter.blogspot.com/
Michael Mayes’ Texas Crytid Hunter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Texas-Cryptid-Hunter-115187128512565/posts/
Scratch marks from 2010 on the back of ‘Hen’ the horse belonging to Rachel our second guest.
Recommended book on close-up observations of Siberian tigers.
Our guest Wendy’s wildlife hospital in Cornwall https://ravenswellcornwall.weebly.com/
Clare Balding’s big cat sighting from the BBC Radio 4 series Rambings is reproduced in this episode. A local press report of the incident is linked below. https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/11282564.tv-presenter-clare-balding-spots-big-cat-at-the-doward-near-ross-on-wye/
New Zealand news report interviewing witnesses of a big cat in South Island 2019
On The Prowl: a new book from Columbia University Press – to be discussed in a future episode. https://cup.columbia.edu/book/on-the-prowl/9780231184502
Our guests Andrew (the witness) and Paul (local researcher) at the location of Andrew’s encounter with the large cat. Before the interview, Andrew confirmed the scale of the cat he saw equated to the panther prop in the photo. Andrew’s two dogs stopped suddenly on seeing the cat ahead of them on their walk.
Website for Dan Baines, our second guest, including his podcast: http://www.danbaines.com/about
Gloucester’s black dog legend. Statue and plaque marking Gloucester’s black dog legend at Over Farm Market, next to the former Black Dog Inn. The folklore of Britain’s spectral black dogs is discussed in the latter part of the episode.
Short video explanation of animal night vision, for word of the week, tapetum lucidum http://thescienceexplorer.com/nature/video-how-nocturnal-animals-see-dark
Britain’s Big Cat Mystery: Official website for the upcoming documentary produced by Matt Everett as mentioned in the episode. https://www.britainsbigcatmystery.com/
Official Facebook page featuring additional content and regular updates for the documentary. https://www.facebook.com/britainsbigcatmystery/
The series of photos and video taken by our first guest Paul at dusk in August 2020 of the animal he watched. A more precise scale reference photo is due to be taken. Paul requests no reproduction of his material.
Details of Exmoor Zoo, location of second half of this episode, in which we speak to owner Danny Reynolds about black leopards and pumas. https://www.exmoorzoo.co.uk/
More information about the black leopards and the Exmoor Beast at Exmoor Zoo. https://www.exmoorzoo.co.uk/animals/black-leopard