Every Cheshire sighting of mysterious ‘big cats’ and their exact locations

The legend of ‘big cats’ prowling around Cheshire has gained momentum in recent months following a number of reported sightings of mystery creatures across the county.

There have been reports of sightings from at least six different locations in Cheshire over the last three or four months including in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Warrington.

As well as physically seeing apparent big cats, people have also reported finding large paw prints as well as hearing growling noises close to where previous sightings have occurred.

Below are all the reported sightings that have been covered recently by CheshireLive.

Chester Meadows (December)

A delivery driver claimed he spotted an ‘enormous big cat’ prowling in Chester.

Richard Evans said he took the photograph of the mysterious creature as he was heading back into the city on December 13 at around 3.45pm after delivering McDonald’s.

A delivery driver claims he spotted an ‘enormous big cat’ he believes to be a puma in Chester
(Image: Richard Evans/Puma Watch North Wales)

The food courier said he pulled over and took the photo from the A51 road near Barrel Well Hill and Mount Place and believes what he saw was a puma.

Richard reported the sighting to Puma Watch North Wales, telling them it was “absolutely massive” and like ‘nothing’ he had 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.”

Ince Marshes, Ellesmere Port

Suspected ‘big cat’ paw print found just 300 metres from where the reported sighting occured in Ellesmere Port
(Image: Andy/Puma Watch North Wales)

A ‘paw print’ was found near a suspected ‘big cat’ sighting in Ellesmere Port.

Andy, who did not want to give his surname, said he saw a “large but slender animal” at Ince Marshes in Ellesmere Port on December 16 at around 7.30am.

He said he reported for his job that morning and as he approached his work area he saw a mysterious creature which was “cat-like” and had a very long tail.

Speaking to CheshireLive, Andy said: “It was about 7.30am when I reported for work and it was still dark and quite chilly.

“I saw a large animal in front of me and it appeared to have features of a cat.

“It was covered in fur, which wasn’t shaggy, but very close to its body. What struck me was the length of its tail.

“It was a large animal, bigger than a Labrador and it definitely was not a dog. It was moving quite quickly, but I got the impression it wasn’t moving at top speed.”

Chester Meadows (January)

A woman claimed she heard a ‘really deep growl’ while she was taking her new puppy on a walk on the Chester Meadows.

She claimed she sat on a bench and heard the growl behind her coming from dense undergrowth, which startled both her and the puppy.

The woman, named Imogen according to Puma Watch North Wales, 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.”

Manchester Ship Canal, Warrington

A man said he spotted a ‘big cat’ outside his kitchen window in Warrington.

On Saturday, February 13 at around 11am, William Allsop spotted what he believes was a panther walking on the old railway embankment which runs along the Manchester Ship Canal.

Mr Allsop said he believed at first the mystery creature was a ‘large dog’, but as it got closer he said it was too big and its tail was long, more like a cats.

The sighting was reported to Puma Watch North Wales – a group set up to document sightings and raise awareness of suspected big cats.

Mr Allsop told Puma Watch North Wales: “I was at the kitchen sink and looked out of the window and noticed a creature walking on the railway line, in the first first instance I thought it was a large dog so I looked out for the owner, no owner appeared.

“Then the animal proceeded to walk down the embankment, then disappeared behind the trees.

“As it came closer you could clearly see it was too large for a dog, also its tail was too long and more like a cats tail.”

Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port

A dog walker claimed she saw an animal “staring” at her through a fence at a popular Ellesmere Port park.

The woman said she was exercising her spaniel in an enclosed area of Whitby Park near the tennis courts at around 8.30am on Monday, February 1.

She said as she was there, a “large cat-like animal” stood about six to eight feet away from her on the opposite side of the fence.

The woman said she tried to get her phone to take a picture, however the animal ran off into the bushes.

The woman, named Carol according to Puma Watch North Wales, said: “I was in an enclosed area by tennis courts with my dog, he was the opposite side of the area.

“A large cat-like animal, about six to eight feet away from me on the opposite side of the fence, staring.

“I went to take my phone out of my pocket to take a photo and it ran off into the bushes as my dog had come running over to me.

“It was bigger than my spaniel but short hair with a bushy tail and slender.”

Shropshire Union Canal, Stoak

Cheshire man Graham Calvert is adamant what he saw was not a fox
Cheshire man Graham Calvert is adamant what he saw was not a fox

A Cheshire man out walking his dog in an area known for a spate of alleged big cat sightings thinks he might have caught the creature on video.

Graham Calvert, from Chester, was by the Shropshire canal in Stoak when he saw the animal in the distance.

He said while it was roughly the size of a fox – and sceptics may point out the white end on the tail – it was the animals distinctive flattened muzzle that convinced him it must be feline.

He told CheshireLive : “It was about the size of a vixen and was stalking the moorhens in the reeds at dusk on January 5 when I was walking my hound.

“Not seen anything like this before, it looks like a fox from the back but when it turned around it was definitely a cat.

“I have seen plenty of foxes and this was not one, as foxes run a mile as soon as they see movement.

“Possibly someone got it as an exotic pet and released it when it became unmanageable?”

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