Several sightings of a large Cougar/Puma have been reported in parts of Co. Cork over the weekend.
Animal Welfare group, CSPCA, have confirmed to Cork's RedFm that they have received six of what they call “Credible sightings” of the cougar roaming the countryside in over a week. According to reports, the large grey-coloured wildcat was recently spotted in the Fountainstown and Crosshaven areas of the county.
“We’ve had no confirmation yet that this is a puma but the people we have been dealing with are very credible - it is a very large cat and the reports we’ve received have been too credible to ignore.” said Vincent Cashman of the CSPCA.
The CSPCA have said they have set up cameras in an attempt to trap the animal.
“We have trail cameras set up in areas where this animal has been seen passing. So as soon as it passes, it starts filming.” said Vincent Cashman to Red FM.
“It starts filming or we can do it in infrared as well, so it picks it up at night. Our ultimate goal here is to trap it.” he continued.
Mr Cashman also warned that although there have been no reports of any livestock attacks as of yet, that the cougar could be of danger to stock. He also noted that they have the ability to travel up to 300 sq miles and the ability to consume animals as large as deer.
Gardaí in Cork say they are also yet to receive any confirmed reports of the cougar. Anyone who does see the animal is urged to not approach it under any circumstances and to contact Gardaí or the CSPCA with its location on (021) 451 5534