Refs & Links

The links below relate to books, references and points made during BCC episodes…

EPISODE 1

Trail cam video – mentioned by John in Episode 1
Listen to the calls at the start, and notice animal running fast at top of the frame near the end.

EPISODE 2

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

EPISODE 3

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

EPISODE 4

Jim Corbett books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Corbett-Omnibus-Man-eaters-Rudraprayag/dp/0195627628

EPISODE 5

EPISODE 6

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/

Taped-up dog flap at property investigated by Paulo, where the owner reported a Puma visiting the garden.

EPISODE 7

Nigel Spencer (our first guest): https://www.facebook.com/rutland.pantherwatch

Emma our second guest retreated from seeing a big black cat eating a rabbit or a hare. When she returned to the exact spot spot with friends she found this depression in the grass where the cat had been lying eating.

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

EPISODE 8

Matt Everett (our first guest) filming Dr. Andrew Hemmings at the Royal Agricultural University demonstrating tooth-pit analysis.

Title poster for the documentary produced by our first guest Matt Everett.

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

EPISODE 9

Illustration of a puma stalking a badger as seen by Jonathan, described in the first part of the episode.
Illustration of the two puma kits playing as briefly seen by Jonathan, described in the first half of the episode.
Illustration of close-up black leopard sighting as described by Jonathan in the first half of the episode.
Carcass bones blown down from an oak tree that Jonathan routinely checks, as mentioned in the first part of the episode. A potential scrape from a big cat is also evident at the base of the tree.
The pelvic girdle of a young elk, discovered by Rick in Colorado. The triangular pattern of tooth pits suggests an impact from a puma, as explained in the second half of the episode.
The underside of a puma’s carnassial tooth, showing the three cusps. We look for the impressions of these cusps on bones of suspected prey for tooth pit evidence.
Dr. Andrew Hemmings demonstrating tooth pit analysis to a film crew directed by Mark Fletcher.

EPISODE 10

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.

Book Launch – “Snarls From the Tea Tree” | Victorian Skeptics
https://www.waterstones.com/book/snarls-from-the-tea-tree/david-waldron/simon-townsend/9781921875830http://www.bigcatsvic.com.au/own-books/snarls-from-the-tea-tree-david-waldron-simon-townsend

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.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Savage-Shadow-Search-Australian-Cougar/dp/0646553135
The 1972 book by Bruce Wright mentioned by Simon and Rick. It discusses Puma sightings in eastern Canada and north east USA as well as the many credible black Puma sightings in that region.

EPISODE 11

This photo of a female puma’s (unsuccessful) attempt at a guanaco in Patagonia resulted from 7 months tracking of pumas on foot by the photographer. Two local trackers helped during this photo as they watched the puma stalk for 30 minutes before the attempted strike.  
 
Photo: Ingo Arndt

BBC Documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet – first and last features show puma’s struggling to predate guanacos. es-1-3-south-america

A male puma (“Florida panther”) in the Everglades Florida. This image from a camera trap took nearly two years to capture.
Florida panthers are at a critically low number of up to 230 at present. Much conservation and planning effort is being invested to help the population reach the desired 600 plus. 
 
Photo: Carlton Ward Jr 
 
 Suburban housing in Naples, Florida, encroaching on prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther. 
 
Photo: Carlton Ward Jr

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/

EPISODE 12

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.
http://www.laurent-geslin.com/videos/

EPISODE 13

Wendy’s (our first guest) Facebook group: Big Cat Believers ONLY https://www.facebook.com/groups/441385513073471/

A helpful summary briefing on feral cats…
https://icatcare.org/advice/the-social-structure-of-cat-life/

EPISODE 14

A selection of big cat sculptures produced by our guest Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson’s book, Mauler https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mauler-Shawn-Williamson/dp/1904524370/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=Shawn+Williamson&qid=1576916597&s=books&sr=1-9

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…

'Big cat' in Forest of Dean

Is this video the best proof yet that big cats do live in Gloucestershire? It was filmed in the Forest of Dean by a walker recently and shows a creature 'about the size of a spaniel' apparently leaping after deer. Is it enough to convice you? Read more here: https://bit.ly/2VGE8LL

Posted by Gloucestershire Live on Monday, 15 April 2019

EPISODE 15

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.

EPISODE 16

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

EPISODE 17

Missing Panther – good luck to the new podcast on Australian big cat sightings… https://missingpanther.com.au/