‘Big cat’ spotted in North Wales as eerie photos of massive paw prints emerge

There have been reported sightings of a ‘big cat’ in North Wales over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period.

This isn’t the first time a mystery big cat has been sighted in and around the area before.

Puma Watch North Wales (PWNW) has received a number of reported sightings, alongside photos of huge paw prints, sparking debate about what animal they could belong to.

The most recent sighting of the alleged big cat was on the A548 at Tanlan, in Flintshire, North Wales.

It happened around 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

The witness said: “[I saw a] large cat roughly the size of a Labrador. On the road, where the road turns to a national speed limit.”

According to PWNW, the mystery, dark grey animal was sighted only a couple of miles from what they called recent “suspicious badger killings”.

This is only a few minutes along the coastal road from Abakhan Fabrics in Mostyn, where there was another alleged big cat sighting on New Year’s Day in 2015.

The latest report comes only a week after two previous sightings only 20 miles away in Pontybodkin.

Here, a village described seeing a “dog-sized” black cat.

“Through the window that overlooks the field, I saw a cat-shaped, however dog-sized, full black figure run across the field towards the hedge/fence.

“I lost sight of it as there’s a brow in the hill. It was sprinting across.

“I could tell it was not a dog. I did have a look to see if there were any dog walkers, however there weren’t any,” the witness said.

Another walker in the area claimed to have filmed what they said was a big black cat dashing in front of him, on a lane near Pontybodkin, in November.

Meanwhile, on New Year’s Eve, Sophie Van Neste, near Bangor, took a photo of a paw print in the snow.

One person thought it could be a puma, while others commented that the imprints were bigger than their large dog.

But others believed the print belonged to a big dog and pointed out the claw marks on the imprint as an indicator.

On New Year’s Day, another photo was sent to the group by a photographer who took it near Meliden.

They snapped a large muddy paw print in a semi-wooded area of the hills alongside the village.

In October last year, a hiker claimed to have come face to face with a puma walking up Snowdon.

During 2016, North Wales Police also received reports of another “big cat” near Llanberis.

Since New Year’s Day, PWNW have claimed there have been more sightings of the “big cat” but these are unverified.

One was reported on Rhuallt Hill, near the A55, where, on the same day, a large black and white dog had been spotted running down one of the carriageways.

Other recent sightings include in late October, when one cafe owner, Robert Kardziz, encountered what he described as almost having “the outline of a black lab or something like that, but the noise it made was a screech, it wasn’t a dog.”