2 Feb, 2010 @ 11:27
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Wildcat back on the prowl

AFTER a long hibernation the La Cala Cougar has been spotted once more.

Following fears the prestigious predator may have left Andalucia, the Olive Press has received confirmation that he is alive and well.

Last seen in Mijas Costa in 2008, the wildcat was discovered prowling in the Cartama countryside only last month.

Pensioner Joyce Mariekeen, 65, was greeted with the awe-inspiring sight on driving back to her home a week before Christmas.

“His green eyes were reflecting back at me and I was completely stunned by his long, athletic legs and tail shining in the light.”

“I had just turned the corner and I was confronted by a huge animal skulking along the country road,” explained Mariekeen.

“It was only when I turned my lights on full beam that I could make out exactly what I was looking at.”

“His green eyes were reflecting back at me and I was completely stunned by his long, athletic legs and tail shining in the light.”

The retired caterer was already convinced that the fabled cougar lived nearby after stumbling upon numerous paw prints and scratch marks on wooden posts.

“The paw prints were always too big for cats as well as a completely different shape to those made by dogs,” explained the grandmother-of-two.

“Coupled to that the stride length and the marks left on the posts and I was always certain.”

Mariekeen, from Surrey, also revealed that her “doubting Tom” neighbour, Iqubal Malik, finally believed her after seeing her stunned face.

“He would always explain away all the evidence, but on seeing my reaction that night, even he threw on a coat and grabbed a torch to help find it again!”

Despite further searches proving fruitless, Mariekeen has not given up hope that she will be greeted by the cougar’s marauding presence once again.

She added: “I always keep my eyes open every time I leave the house and I will make sure I take some photos next time!”

The Olive Press is still on the hunt for pictures of the wildcat having covered its appearances extensively over the past two years.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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1 Comment

  1. Re, Wildcat

    Sir, i too have seen a creature such as this on two separate occasions twelve months apart. This was about five years ago in Palamares in the Almonzora valley region where we used to holiday until moving to this area ourseves. The first siting was a quick glimpse of it’s rear end as it dissapered into the undergrowth, the following year we had full on view in the car headlights which removed any doubts about what we had seen the year previous. Of course when we relate our story no believes us, but maybe now they just might.

    T,Owen Los llanos del peral

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