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Lioness on the loose in the Tarragona area

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« on: October 06, 2009, 13:31 PM »
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Officers from the Guardia Civil's Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), along with Mossos d'Esquadra, local and rural police officers will today continue their search for a lioness spotted on various occasions over the weekend in the provinces of Tarragona, Teruel and Castellón.

Sources from the Guardia Civil have confirmed that today's search will be centred on the Ports de Besseit massif, on the border between all three provinces.

The animal was first spotted close to the town of La Senia in Tarragona on Saturday by some young people who were out for a run.  They alerted the local police, saying they were sure they'd seen a lioness.

The following day, Sunday, several other people reported seeing a lioness in the area known as Sant Pere, close to the Ulldecona reservoir in Tarragona, and yesterday there were more supposed sightings in the same area.
 
The police have warned hikers, runners and people out for the day to be especially alert and to avoid this area until the lioness has been recaptured.

As yet no-one seems to know where the lioness could have come from, although there is speculation that she got left behind by a circus that visited recently.

Lioness on the loose

Any one heard any more news about this?
« Last Edit: October 06, 2009, 15:53 PM by Clive »

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 21:02 PM »
It's just been on the TV news... Apparently there are 300 people searching for the lioness.... I guess there are a few gung ho hunters out there hoping to bag a trophy as well.... Someone mentioned that the circuses often lose or let their animals go when they are of no use but that doesn't sound right to me... I would have thought that an animal of no use to the circus would be fed to other animals that were....
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 00:52 AM »
Thanks for that María,
Saw it on the news today and immediately thought of Our Resident tarraconense, tarraconista, cesetano or cosetano who might well bump into said lioness on one of 'is strolls down to the market - hope he's got 'is 12-bore camera with 'im  :dancing:

Agree with Clive - far more likely to have escaped from one of those illegal hunts - the organisers wouldn't report it to the cops...

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 08:56 AM »
Well, I am going to take a chair and a whip with me when I go down to Tortosa.
If, I don't come across the bear I can always sit on my chair at the side of the N340 !!

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009, 19:51 PM »
Sorry, don't know what I was thinking about - well I do but I'm not going to say on here !!

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2009, 22:56 PM »
Remember a few years back when there were all these stories in the UK press about strange big cats roaming our favourite island?

Here's a selection of stories.

http://www.bigcatsinbritain.org/2005engnews.htm

I wonder if this lion is as real as those?
 

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2009, 23:29 PM »
There is quite a lot of evidence for indvidual big cats roaming Britain:

This summer we had:

http://iberianature.com/britainnature/clear-footage-of-a-big-cat-in-scotland/

Quite another thing is their breeding
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2009, 23:33 PM »
On the subject of Spanish lions, I thought we could dust off this early, short but classic thread

Were modern lions ever native to Iberia?

http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php?topic=1293.0
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009, 08:45 AM »
Well it turned out to be a wild dog which has now been shot.  Reports say that is was thought to be a cross between two dangerous breeds and old injuries indicate that it had been living wild for some time.


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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2009, 11:40 AM »
What with one thing and another I'm glad that Mrs S, myself and The Pack now safely ensconced in our retreat in the Pyrenees until next Easter, apart from the bears, the wolves . . . :technodevil:

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