Published Monday, 02 September 2013
Farmers in the Hill Road, Ballynahinch Road and Mullaghdrin Road areas are understood to have found sheep killed in what have appeared to be violent animal attacks in recent weeks, police have confirmed.
"Some local residents have also claimed to have seen a 'big cat' in the same general area over a similar period of time," a PSNI spokesperson added.
Police are keen to stress that there has been no confirmation of the presence of any 'big cat' in the area.
Investigating officers are appealing for farmers who have lost sheep or other livestock in a similar way recently - or anyone who sees an animal which they believe to be dangerous - to get in contact with them immediately.
"Under no circumstances should any wild or undomesticated animal be approached," the spokesperson added.
Local police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.
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