Has the ‘Puma of Pontybodkin’ been caught on camera again? Mystery black animal is spotted prowling through garden in Welsh countryside after spate of big cat sightings
A mystery big cat has been spotted prowling through a garden just miles from a spate of reported ‘puma’ sightings in north Wales.
Several sightings of big cats have been reported in the area including one ‘puma the size of a sheep’.
Today a homeowner in Mostyn revealed the latest glimpse of what he believed could be a puma after seeing the large black animal on CCTV in his garden.
He was was woken by a disturbance in the early hours of the morning and, after checking the footage, was shocked to see a black creature lurking behind a wheelbarrow.
He said: ‘I heard noises coming from outside, I decided to check the cameras and I spotted that. I thought nothing of it at first but decided to snap a picture via the camera app anyway.
An animal was dubbed the ‘Puma of Pontybodkin’ after several reports close in the village of Pontybodkin, 20 miles away from Mostyn.
The big cat was spotted lurking behind a wheelbarrow on CCTV in the homeowner’s garden in Mostyn, North Wales
Multiple sightings have been reported in the region, including one puma the ‘size of a sheep’.
‘I checked it again about half an hour later and it was gone.’
The sighting in Mostyn, North Wales, follows a series of sightings across the region reported to Puma Watch North Wales.
In February the MailOnline reported that a ‘massive’ black cat ‘the size of a sheep’ had been spotted prowling round the Welsh hills.
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, at the time.
In February, Jonathan Terry, 30, filmed the beast from his kitchen window as it stalked the countryside in Trelogan, Flintshire
In January, witnesses described seeing ‘a large cat roughly the size of a Labrador’ walking along a busy road near Talacre, Flintshire.
Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said: ‘It’s not the first time big cats have been spotted in the area. We previously shared a terrifying tale of a big cat mauling a large dog near Mostyn Docks, along with multiple sightings at nearby Whitford and Abakhan Fabrics.
‘A few miles away in Holywell, a big cat was caught on CCTV by staff at a supported living accommodation several times within a few days back in July. In June, a black panther was spotted along the coast in Rhyl.
‘A suspected puma was also spotted few miles away at Rhuallt Hill back in January. Footprints were also found in Meliden over winter, with many other nearby sightings featured on our interactive map.’
A ‘labrador-sized’ cat dubbed the ‘Puma of Pontybodkin’ was reported walking along a road on New Year’s Eve last year just days after a similar animal dashed across a field
Due to the flurry of sightings in his constituency, MP for Delyn Rob Roberts wrote to the Welsh Government’s Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths in February.
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.’