Police in the area where the Beast of Bodmin once roamed have logged 250 sightings of big cats since 2000. The Beast's existence was confirmed by the discovery of a leopard-type skull in Cornwall by a 14 year old boy in 1995.
Police are ready to shoot the beast if necessary although Cat supporters believe it isn't a 'beast' but a very large feral cat who is breeding in the wild. A spokesman said "There is a suggestion that the cat is diseased and breeding a genetically unsound stock who are wild but very clever in evading capture. This clever 'beast' should not be destroyed
October 2011 original story : daily telegraph