Big cat roars near Meghan and Harry’s mansion a week after black bear spotted

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A big cat is reportedly on the loose near Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home.

It roared at a German shepherd in a garden less than two miles from their mansion in Montecito, California, it is claimed.

Experts from the County of Santa Barbara Fish and Wildlife Commission were called in to learn more about the animal.

The dog’s owner Miles Hartfeld said wildlife experts studied grass regurgitation found nearby.

His fiancee Gretchen Lieff told The Sun : “The wildlife biologist said it came from a cat and it was too large for a bobcat.”

The bobcat is a medium-sized cat native to North America, twice the size of a house cat and capable of running at speeds of 25-30mph.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought the £11 million nine-bed, 16-bathroom property in Montecito, Santa Barbara, in July after initially settling down in Los Angeles with baby Archie.

Earlier this week, a wild bear was spotted prowling near their mansion, The Sun reported.

Footage of the huge beast was caught by security cameras and neighbours reported having their chickens attacked and rubbish bins raided.

The black bear is believed to have been in a den in a nearby ranch, which was disturbed when it was sold.

Tim Daly, spokesman for The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said: "It's not like they can't afford fresh eggs but for some reason, the folks there think they need a chicken coop and that's what's attracting the bear."

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The Montecito Association sent an email to residents – also including actor Rob Lowe and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – saying: "The bear likely lives in Ranchos San Carlos, which recently sold.

"There may be new activity on the ranch that is disturbing the bear and setting it off into the community.

"This could be a bad outcome for that bear, unfortunately, and is dangerous for neighbours.

"The sheriffs are contacting Fish and Wildlife to put a humane trap for the animal so it can be safely relocated."

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Mr Daly gave some useful advice about what the royal couple should do if they come face to face by one of the huge beasts.

He added: "Bears are attracted to strong odours so we're advising residents to seal their trash and clean their barbecues.

"Bears shouldn’t be confronted and they want to see an escape route, too.

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"Don’t make eye contact with them and don’t run."

Harry's dad, Prince Charles, reportedly helped the pair buy the new home.

A source told MailOnline : "Charles had been keen to help out and put his hand in his own pocket to assist.

"He is devoted to both his sons and any time he can assist them he always will'."

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Animals

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