Graphic content: First real evidence of St Albans big cat

Was a puma responsible for mutilating the deer?

Was a puma responsible for mutilating the deer? - Credit: Archant

A ravaged deer carcass could be the first real evidence of the mysterious St Albans big cat sceptics have been waiting for, after years of unverified sightings.

Who, or what, savaged this deer?

Who, or what, savaged this deer? - Credit: Archant

The mutilated muntjac corpse, stripped down to its spine and missing a bottom half, was found last month (March 1) at about 8am along Sheepcote Lane in Wheathampstead by a 44-year-old dog walker, who wished to remain anonymous.

Her interest was piqued when the dog started sniffing around something on the ground - it turned out to be chunks of fresh meat littering the undergrowth.

When they continued to walk she stumbled upon the rest of the left-over remains, pictured above.

As its eyes were clear black she believes it had been freshly savaged, and when she returned the next morning it was gone.