Tiger Kings Carole Baskin says UKs puma sightings could be escaped predators

Tiger King star Carole Baskin has confirmed fears that there could be pumas prowling around the UK.

The animal rights activist, best known for her stint on the Netflix documentary, said it's "quite possible" that people have seen the big cats near Gimblet Rock in Pwllheli, Wales.

It comes after three friends claimed that they saw a "very large" brown animal in the area while they were fishing back in March.

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Residents were even more convinced after an animal carcass was located nearby shortly after the incident, as locals worried a puma was behind the deadly attack, reports North Wales Live.

Two months later a dad and his young son had to abandon their barbecue in the same location after the pair saw the large cat prowling near the beach. Then, last month, a holidaymaker went looking for the animal and caught footage using his thermal monocular camera of what he believed to be the puma.

Baskin, whose feud with Joe Exotic, the owner of a controversial private animal sanctuary in Oklahoma was aired in the Tiger King documentary, said they may have been set free or escaped from private ownership.

The American animal rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue said: "It's quite possible that the big cat sightings in Pwllheli are exotic cats who have been set free or escaped from their owners.

"In the 70s the UK passed bans on private ownership and that protected citizens from having to live next door to dangerous apex predators for the most part, but there are always those who will break or skirt the law to show off.

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"It never lasts for them though because by the time the cats are 1.5 to 3 years old they become unmanageable and are often discarded. If this cat is black and over 40kg it has to be a leopard or jaguar.

"If it is golden or brown and over 40kg it is either a puma or a lion. Any other wildcat will have spots or stripes.

"A cat this size will leave tracks, and cat tracks are more rounded than dogs' tracks and will not show claw marks, as they keep their claws sheathed while walking. If you can draw an X between the toes, it's a dog. If not, it's a cat."

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