Big cats in Britain

1. For over 10 years, there were reported sightings of a puma-like creature in North London, dubbed “the Beast of Cricklewood” or “the Beast of Barnet” by the press.

Big cats in Britain

2. An off-duty police dog handler took this footage of what he claimed was a panther-sized big cat prowling on a railway line in Helensburgh

Big cats in Britain

3. Rumours of “the Beast of Exmoor”, a big cat said to stalk the fields of Exmoor in Devon and Somerset, date back to the 1970s.

Big cats in Britain

4. The Cornish have their own feline legend, “the Beast of Bodmin”. A leopard skull found by the River Fowey in 1995 was seized

Big cats in Britain

5. This creature was spotted near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk in 2009. Nicknamed “the Beast of Bunham Thorpe”

Big cats in Britain

6. In 2009, after a Freedom of Information request, the Government confirmed that there had been just two “reliable” sightings of big cats

Big cats in Britain

7. A retired Lincolnshire couple who claimed to have seen a large black cat frequenting an abandoned caravan in their garden

Big cats in Britain

8. There have been reports of big cats roaming wild in Surrey since the 1880s, but it was in the 1960s that the legend of the “Surrey Puma”

Big cats in Britain



9. A big cat was blamed for a series of deaths of cattle and sheep in Princes Gate, Wales in 2010.

Big cats in Britain

10. And finally to the “Essex Lion”, a big cat supposedly spotted a few weeks ago near Clacton in Essex. Despite a thorough search by police and wildlife 

Big cats in Britain