Whilst I am still gathering as much information about big cats on the loose in the UK and as to whether they exist or not. These conditions remind me of their natural environment. The Sub -Atlantic rainforest of Brazil and Argentina are very similar.
Just a few years ago, I was in Argentina, trying to find a puma that was raiding farms, killing sheep and going back into the jungle. After a couple of days I picked up its tracks on jungle path, much to my delight, it had yearling cubs. I then found its route from the jungle to the farms. It would pop out on to a tarmac road, for a few hundred meters and then into a gradered track next to the sheep field. This was about a meter below ground height. Perfect for stalking!
I laughed when I saw its trick. You could have closed your eyes and thrown a small stick backwards and hit a sheep.
The farmers sheep had been killed several times, and the local major would pay compensation for each sheep. People were becoming suspicious about the amount of claims he was putting in. I am always amazed by how quickly a predator adapts its techniques to maximse the opportunity! I have heard since that they have put out leg traps to get it.
Very rarely do I, as a tracker divulge the routes and habits of our subject, thankfully I didnt tell the farmer, and so to this day the puma continues to out-wit him. Nice one puma, and I hope the cubs have picked up some of moms cunning!