A woman out walking her dog claims she heard a “really deep growl” near to the area where a big cat had previously been spotted in Cheshire.
Cheshire Live reports that she was out with her puppy in Chester Meadows when she took a break on a bench.
When she sat down, the dog walker says she heard a growl coming from behind her in the dense undergrowth, which frightened her and the puppy.
The woman, known only as Imogen, spoke to Puma Watch North Wales, a group set up to monitor sightings and raise awareness of big cats.
She said: “This sounds really crazy, but I was walking my dogs and our puppy wanted to be picked up as was her second walk.
“I had a blanket around me as a sling as she’s heavy. We sat down on a bench in front of dense trees and I tried to put her in the sling.
“We were alone and heard a really deep growl from behind us. The puppy and I both turned around immediately.”
Imogen said she quickly left the area, while checking behind her to make sure she wasn’t being stalked by anything.
Initially she suspected a prank “but no one was around and it’s so dense in that area.”
She added: “Recently saw the news article of a potential puma sighting and don’t want to be dramatic or go over the top but this info might help.”
Another possible big cat sighting was reported on December 13 on the Chester Meadows.
Richard Evans said he took the photograph as he was going back to the city at around 3:45 on December 13 after delivering a McDonald’s.
The food courier said he pulled over and took the photo near the A51 road near Barrel Well Hill and Mount Place.
He reported the sighting to Puma North Wales and said it was “absolutely massive” and like “nothing” he’d ever seen before.
The delivery driver told the group: “I was out on my bike coming back into town after delivering someone’s McDonald’s when I spotted an enormous big cat across the river on the meadows.
“I pulled over to take a picture and tried to shout to a dog walker nearby but they couldn’t hear me.
“It was prowling along the edge of the long grass then disappeared into the undergrowth. It was absolutely massive though, like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
On December 16, a worker named Andy claimed he saw a “large but slender animal” at Ince Marshes in Ellesmere Port at around 7.30am.
He was on his way to work when he saw a mysterious “cat-like” creature with a long tail.
Later that morning he took a photo of a paw print in the mud, 300 meters from where he had sighted the “big cat.”
But since the area is teeming with wildlife the print may not have been connected, he said.
Recently there have been a number of mysterious sheep deaths, with police investigating whether a “larger predator” than a dog was involved.
On Saturday, January 9, Cheshire Police’s Rural Crime Team said they were investigating a new case of sheep killings, which had “extremely unusual elements”.