There have been several sightings of puma roaming the countryside near Clones in County Monaghan.
In Clones a five-month-old calf was savagely torn apart in an attack that shows all the hallmarks of a giant cat taking down prey.
The calf was attacked from behind and after killing the animal, the puma appears to have dragged it several yards to a hedge near woodlands, to partly devour. It is unusual for dogs or foxes to kill in this manner.
Several locals have reported sightings of the puma. Jimmy McGovern witnessed
A large cat, something the size of a dog or a fox.
Retired wildlife ranger Peadar Morgan says
I have no doubts at all that it is a wild puma.
An Garda Síochána accept there is an animal at large but say it is still unidentified. Nevertheless they are waning people to be careful. Sergeant Joe Flynn from Newbliss Garda Station advises people to ensure children supervised at all times.
During the summer of 2003, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was dealing with a puma at large. The creature disappeared in the autumn of that year and it is possible the cat lurking near Clones could be the same animal.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 June 2004. The reporter is Richard Dowling.