Puma donates money to big cat search
27 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Sportswear manufacturer Puma has donated money to the search for the big cat believed to be on the loose in the Veluwe woods.
27 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Sportswear manufacturer Puma has donated money to the search for the big cat believed to be on the loose in the Veluwe woods.
Experts from the Pantera big cat centre warned last week that the bid to capture the animal alive was running into money troubles.
"We are not sitting here waiting for a pat on the back, but it would go right to our heart if the puma, panther or jackal was shot dead," Puma's director Peter Korver told news agency ANP.
He said he preferred to see the cautious search by Pantera rather than the original plan by the police to shoot the animal on sight.
"It would be very regrettable if the animal that has been walking around free for so long was shot dead," Korver said.
He refused to say how much money the firm is donating but he said it was sufficient to allow Pantera to keep up its search.
Meanwhile, Pantera's experts have discounted a rumour there is more the one puma wandering around the woods in the vicinity of the Dutch cities Ede and Apeldoorn.
The organisation had received an email of a photograph showing a light-coloured puma-like animal. The sender claimed the photo was taken in the Veluwe but it was later confirmed the picture had been lifted from a Brazilian website.
Pantera revealed photographs of the Veluwe animal had been taken by one of its trackers near Apeldoorn last week.
The latest image of the Veluwe puma
There have been sightings of a puma in the Veluwe for at least five years but there is no information of how it came to be there.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news