Are there now THREE pumas prowling around north Wales? Latest sighting of another ‘massive’ black cat ‘the size of a sheep’ stalking the countryside
- Jonathan Terry, 30, filmed the big cat from his kitchen window in Flintshire
- The animal was yards away from a field of grazing sheep, footage showed
- Mr Terry said he saw the animal out of the corner of his eye on Sunday
- There have been a number of big cat sightings in north Wales in recent weeks
A ‘massive’ black cat ‘the size of a sheep’ has been spotted prowling the Welsh hills just weeks after a puma was reported in the area.
Jonathan Terry, 30, filmed the beast from his kitchen window as it stalked the countryside in Trelogan, Flintshire, on Sunday afternoon.
Footage showed the large animal just yards away from a field of grazing sheep. It was the third sighting of a big cat in the area in the last two months.
Mr Terry said: ‘I saw it out of the corner of my eye through the kitchen window overlooking the fields behind the house.
‘I have been reading about these big cat sightings and it looked far too big to be a regular cat and was more like the size of a sheep or possibly bigger.
Jonathan Terry, 30, filmed the beast from his kitchen window as it stalked the countryside in Trelogan, Flintshire, on Sunday afternoon
‘I must have been more than 300ft away but the cat was massive. It looked like it was stalking something.’
There have been a number of big cat sighting in the north Wales countryside in recent weeks.
In January, witnesses described seeing ‘a large cat roughly the size of a Labrador’ walking along a busy road near Talacre, Flintshire.
It followed other sightings of a black cat the size of a large dog just 20 miles away in Pontybodkin.
Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said there was increasing evidence to support the theory of a small population of big cats thriving in North Wales
Frank Tunbridge (pictured), 73, believes two pumas are to blame for the death of sheep after examination of the corpses revealed they were ‘clinically’ killed – unlike a random dog attack
Last November a farmer claimed a big cat savaged ten of his sheep to death in Beddgelert in Gwynedd.
Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said there was increasing evidence to support the theory of a small population of big cats thriving in North Wales.
He said: ‘Big cats such as pumas are solitary with a hunting range of dozens of miles.
‘They’re mostly spotted in Snowdonia and the Clwydian hills but reports of sightings in urban locations some distance from these areas are becoming more frequent.
There have been a series of reports made to the Puma Watch North Wales group since November – with apparent sightings across the area. Pictured: Paw prints found in Rhiwlas, Bangor last year
A ‘labrador-sized’ cat dubbed the ‘Puma of Pontybodkin’ was reported walking along a road on New Year’s Eve just days after a similar animal dashed across a field
‘As seen with Llandundo’s now-famous goats, who have taken to roaming the town’s deserted streets during the coronavirus lockdowns, it’s likely that the reduced levels of human activity over the last year is encouraging big cats to roam further from the hills into more populated areas.’
Frank Tunbridge, 73, has been investigating big cat sightings for 40 years. He told MailOnline there has been a hybrid population of pumas living in the UK since the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 made it illegal to own the animals.
He said: ‘People were releasing big cats in the countryside. I think they’ve been breeding and an animal has been produced.
‘Of all the reports, 80 per cent are uniform in description. They are not massive, they are the size of a Labrador or German Shepherd and they are black.’
He said lockdown in Wales had encouraged big cats to roam closer to civilisation.
‘During lockdown we’ve had more reports of big cats across the country. I haven’t had a great deal of sightings in Wales but for whatever reason we’ve been getting more sightings.
‘There are no deer in wales, hardly any, so the big cats have to turn to the next best thing and there are so many sheep in wales.’
Due to the flurry of sightings in his constituency, MP for Delyn Rob Roberts wrote to the Welsh Government’s Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths.
She replied that reports received by the Welsh Government are treated seriously and investigated.
She said: ‘The Welsh Government’s policy is to investigate any reports received by the Department for Economy, Skills and Natural Resources of alleged sightings and attacks by big cats on livestock in Wales.’