It has been spotted prowling through fields in Winchcombe and has even snarled at residents who have dared to try and get close.
Now people in a small street in the town say they believe a panther-like beast is living among them.
Keith Baker said: “I have seen it at least 10 times.
“It is a panther, there are no two ways about it, it is far too big to be a normal cat. I have seen it walking around the first hedge near our street.
“I went up to get a picture and it started snarling at me, which was a bit frightening.”
He said: “It looked straight at me and there is no way it is a domestic cat. I would say there is more than one as well. We saw one that was similar but smaller, which I think is a cub.”
Tip: Fortean Times
Well, these stories of big cat sightings are always interesting. They rarely resolve into something that is actually as interesting. I’m not clear that the big and small one were seen at the same time. Could the small one been seen up close and the big one from far away, thus the same animal people have intepreted as two different ones? People tend to frequently mess up size and distance especially if they have an idea in their head of what they think they are seeing.
I was intrigued by the mention of big paw prints. They could be dogs or something else. Mentioned is that a big cat tracker is taking a look. However, correct me if I’m mistaken here, it is not a wildlife expert? He is a hobbyist? That’s not reliable since people experienced with big cats would know better what to look for if they were actually there. None of the evidence recently appears to be supporting that this is a genuine big cat. Better photos or a body, even a VERY clear print, would be far more convincing.