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New Sighting Of Cannock's Infamous Black Panther

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IT seems Cannock's infamous beast is still on the prowl in woodlands on the Chase.

There has been another eyewitness account this week of the prowling creature which some believe is stalking deer in the area.

The man, who asked not to be named, said he saw the animal while walking his dogs last Tuesday night.

Despite some people scoffing at the idea of a panther hunting on the Chase, he says he is convinced something is out there.

He told us: "I was walking in the Birches Valley area when I came out of the trees. It's clear open land there and you can see for quite a distance.

"I didn't notice it at first because I was keeping my eye on the dogs but I caught a glimpse of something prowling in the distance.

"At first I couldn't quite believe it because it looked so out of place, it was big, not an ordinary cat. I looked around to see if there were any other dog walkers in the area but I couldn't see any, just this animal.

"It was in my eye-line for about a minute before it made a dash for the trees on the far side leading to Penkridge bank.

"I wish I'd gone a bit closer to look but when it left I went in the other direction. You don't know what it might do to the dogs. I didn't want them anywhere near it."

After reading previous reports in The Chase Post, the dog-walker came forward with his story.

He said: "I always thought people must be crazy, but I know I'm not crazy. I saw something out there. It looked to me like it was hunting before it ran off, I don't know if the dogs disturbed it or something else, but I wouldn't want it after me.

"I think somebody should try and find out what it is. If it is a panther we need to decide if it should be captured or left alone. I think if it's not dangerous we should leave it.

"It's not harmed anybody so far, has it?"


Article Link from 14-08-2008

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