A small Brit town has been gripped by panic after a deer carcass was found in Tehidy Woods, Cornwall.
The find has re-ignited fears that big cats may be stalking the area’s nature spots, leaving locals terrified and afraid for their much-loved pets.
Walking enthusiast Lynne Norton stumbled upon the brutalised deer while out with her dogs.
Lynne believed that the defenceless dear had not been dead for long when she found the stripped carcass at a beauty spot near Redruth.
Lynne, who took the photos, said she found the “fresh carcass of a deer but stripped quite unusually” – sparking fears that another big cat is on the loose.
She said: “I had just walked through the beautiful bluebells in Oak Wood when my dogs stopped dead when they came across this unfortunate deer lying completely in the open stretched across the path.
“It was a very recent kill as it was only just beginning to smell.”
It comes after a recent incident near Callington where a suspected big cat – thought to be a panther – got its claws into a poor pup, according to the dog’s owner.
The big black cat is said to be stalking the village of Harrowbarrow, where several pet cats have disappeared and one dog was left bleeding and injured from a suspected attack.
James Stephenson, pictured above and whose dog was attacked, said people needed to be made aware because he thought a child could be next.
Stephenson said he spotted the big cat from his garden carrying a lamb in its mouth on March 28.