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Big Cat Sightings (490/19)


The number of ‘big cat’ sightings reported to West Midlands Police in each calendar year from 2016 to 2018.

If possible, I’d be grateful if you could also provide any available details of these sightings, such as date, location and any comments recorded in the incident log.

To assist with any keyword searches you might need to carry out, please include references to “Big Cat”, “Puma”, “Panther”, “Lion”, “Tiger”, “Beast”, “Black Cat”, “Large Cat”, “Wild Cat” or “Cheetah”.

If necessary on cost grounds, my request can be limited to 2018.



Please find attached our response.

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.