Big Cats GB (BCGB)
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What I Do On An Investigation....

© Darrell Cook (Big Cats GB)

In my experience there is no typical 'predation case' (although patterns of behaviors tend to be similar in possible big cat predation events). This being the case I tend to approach matters, initially (and fully dependent on your wishes), in the following way:

  • First, I will have an in-depth discussion on the phone regarding the events you are encountering.
  • Should you or I then feel that an onsite investigation is wanted/required I will arrange a time to come and speak to you in person at the event location.
  • When I meet you I will then ask you to describe the events and undertake a inspection of the area and if the carcass of the animal is still available undertake an 'amateur autopsy' of the animal. This usually entails skinning the animals neck/spine to see if there are signs of puncture wounds or a broken spine or neck.
  • Dependent upon the results of this initial meeting I usually provide advice about what to do next; this usually involves me undertaking a full investigation of the immediate surroundings, undertaking a vigil/s at the location, possibly setting up some on-site trigger cameras & offering guidance regarding protection of livestock.
  • The investigation continues after this point as you wish.


Please note that my investigations are a private matter between yourself and me and will be treated in the strictest confidence. Investigations will be tailored to what you want; not what I want. The aforementioned 'investigation template' is just to give an example of how things tend to proceed once I have met up with people.

© Darrell Cook (Big Cats GB)

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