A decapitated deer has been found near where a Lion was allegedly spotted in the South West.
Police confirmed on Wednesday it had investigated the siting of a lioness after one was seen crossing a road – and it had even left PAW prints.
The probe was dropped after officers found no live trace of a big cat in the area.
But fears of the deadly animal living being out in the wild and on the loose have been spiked after a second lorry driver came forward to say he had now discovered a headless deer less than a mile away.
Brian Goldsworthy revealed the partial body of the dead deer was found in a quarry , near St Austell, Cornwall, on Tuesday morning.
He said: “I come in every morning to open up the quarry between 5.15am and 5.30am.
“Yesterday morning we found the body of a headless baby deer in the quarry.
“It is a serious matter. I know a few people are taking it quite lightly. But it is a serious matter – when you start finding headless animals then things get a little bit serious.
“We’ve had the big cat up in Devon going around eating baby lambs. You never know what’s going to come around the corner that hour of the morning.
“I’m not worried – not like that – but you never know what you’re going to find when you come into work in the mornings.”
The siting came on the same day that police revealed a fellow lorry driver had contacted Imerys Minerals to say they had seen a big cat with black markings on its face, a thorny colour, and a dark tail.
When the police arrived at the clay pit on July 14 they found mysterious white paw prints where the creature had crossed the road.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ”It was described as a female lion walking in front of a lorry. Officers went and spoke to the driver who had seen it.
“There were marks where the animal crossed. There have been reports of a similar nature over the years. There was no sighting of the animal by officers.
“It is not thought to be a danger to members of the public or workers.”