Big Cat Sightings (9955_16)

Request

The number of logs on your incident recording system, recorded during the Calendar Years 2010 to 2015, that contain either of the following keywords; Big Cat, Cheetah, Cougar, Jaguar, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Puma or Tiger and relate to Big Cat sightings.

Response

Following receipt of your request, a search of our incident recording system was conducted for incidents with a Final Classification of Anti-Social Behaviour Animal Problems, Public Safety/Welfare Concern For Safety, Public Safety/Welfare Pets/Domesticated Animals, Public Safety/Welfare Suspicious Circumstances or Public Safety/Welfare Wildlife, that contained any of the words specified above and related to alleged ‘Big Cat’ sightings. The results were as follows:

Type Year Grand Total
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Big Cat/Lion 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Lion 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Panther 3 3 1 0 1 0 8
Tiger 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Grand Total 4 4 1 0 1 1 11

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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