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Concerns Mystery Big Cat Is Prowling UK After Huge Paw Prints Appear

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Concerns Mystery Big Cat Is Prowling UK After Huge Paw Prints Appear

Sightings of a mysterious 'big cat' in North Wales have emerged over the New Year.

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Puma Watch North Wales (PWNW) has received a number of reports, alongside two photos of large paw prints, sparking debates about what animal they belong to.

In the latest sighting (captured in the video above), an alleged big cat was spotted on the A548 at Tanlan near Talacre in Flintshire at around 6.30pm on New Year's Eve.

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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."

Credit: Daily Post Wales
Credit: Daily Post Wales

According to PWNW, the dark grey animal was only a couple of miles from recent 'suspicious badger killings' and a few minutes along the coast 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 a week after two recent sightings 20 miles away in Pontybodkin, where a villager described seeing a 'dog-sized' black cat.

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The witness said: "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."

Credit: Daily Post Wales
Credit: Daily Post Wales

Another walker filmed what he claimed was a big black cat dashing in front of him on a lane near Pontybodkin in November, near the same site.

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Meanwhile, on New Year's Eve, Sophie Van Neste, near Rhiwlas, 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.

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

Featured Image Credit: Daily Post Wales

Topics: UK News, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd
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