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Big Cat Sightings and Encounters

Dark Feline

Location: Abberton (Essex) - Abberton reservoir, south of Colchester
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A large black cat was seen at the reservoir.

An old magic lantern slide of Aberystwyth.

Beast of Bont

Location: Aberystwyth (Dyfed) - Countryside surrounding the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Something here killed over fifty sheep in the space of a year; police marksmen were called in to comb the area.

Large Prints

Location: Airdrie (Lanarkshire) - Easter Dunsyston Farm
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2008
Further Comments: The family at the farm reported finding two cat-like paw prints in fresh mud, fifteen centimetres in length.

Cat Attack

Location: Akenham (Suffolk) - Farm Track
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 18 February 2012, 09:50
Further Comments: Police reported that a man had called them saying that a large cat had attacked a deer. The deer had been found with marks around the throat area.

Large Black Cat

Location: Allithwaite (Cumbria) - Outskirts of village, off the main road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: Walking along the side of the main road out of village, this witness watched a large black panther-like cat in one of the fields, heading towards a nearby patch of woodland. The witness could compare the height of the creatures to nearby cows and estimated the cat was three foot (ninety centimetres) high at the shoulder. After a minute, the creature walked into the trees.

Black Cat

Location: Anglesey (Gwynedd) - Road towards Wylfa
Type: ABC
Date / Time: October 2011
Further Comments: While driving to the power station, this witness spotted a black cat larger than an Alsatian. The creature had a long bushy tail and sat in a crouched position. The witness watched the creature for three or four seconds and was slightly unnerved by it.

Panther-Like Creature

Location: Anglesey (Gwynedd) - Several areas over the island, including Llandona Beach
Type: ABC
Date / Time: April 2004
Further Comments: A large black cat, thought to be either a puma or panther, has been blamed for attacking horses and stealing foals.

Jet Black Cat

Location: Ashford (Kent) - Close to railway line, Ham Street
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A man spotted an Alsatian sized cat near his home. The creature was jet black and had a long tail. The witness had recently lost his own pet cat and speculated that it had been eaten by the panther.

Trentham Drive

Location: Aspley (Nottinghamshire) - Trentham Drive
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: A puma-sized cat, tabbyish in colour, was seen emerging from the garden of a bungalow before crossing the road. The creature made a loud noise before disappearing into another garden.


Location: Assington (Suffolk) - Assington, near Sudbury
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Early 1996
Further Comments: One of many big cat sightings reported in Suffolk during 1996.

Large Feline

Location: Attleborough (Norfolk) - A11, near Attleborough
Type: ABC
Date / Time: February 1996
Further Comments: A large unknown cat was seen by both motorists and a policeman.

Dead Farm Animals

Location: Austrey (Warwickshire) - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: Attacks on animals, including a dead pregnant sheep which had been stripped to the bone, convinced many farmers in the area that a large cat prowled the area.

Beast of Baglan

Location: Baglan (West Glamorgan) - General area and surrounding countryside
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: Known about by locals for many years, it was not until 2005 when an off-duty police officer spotted the creature along Ladies Walk reports were taken more seriously. Hair and print analysis showed the cat to be a puma.

Operation Big Cat

Location: Ballybogy (aka Ballybogey) (County Antrim) - General area and surrounding countryside
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A joint army and police team created 'Operation Big Cat' after two dead calves were found and a local man admitted releasing a puma and a panther from his private collection. Although there were dozens of sightings and livestock attacks, the cats were never caught.


Location: Ballyvourney (County Cork) - Unnamed Road
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1981
Further Comments: A large cat seen as it stepped in front of a car was later identified as a lynx.

Beast of Banburyshire

Location: Banbury (Oxfordshire) - Surrounding area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 2006
Further Comments: Named as a big cat hotspot, this area of Oxfordshire has had dozens of reports of large felines over the first five years of the twenty-first century.

Beast of Banwell

Location: Banwell (Somerset) - Banwell Hill
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2007
Further Comments: While walking her dog, Helen Stokes encountered a large black creature that she described as 'very fast'. Both owner and pet ran away from the creature.

Big Cat

Location: Barnham (Norfolk) - Barnham Common
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 19 April 1985
Further Comments: An unidentified large cat was seen in the woods in the area.


Location: Barnstaple (Devon) - Civic centre
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: This large black cat was seen loitering close to the town centre.


Location: Beccles (Suffolk) - Exact location not known
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: This cat was shot and killed by a local farmer, who claimed both police and the Government asked him to destroy the body and tell no one about the incident.

Darting Large Cat

Location: Beeley (Derbyshire) - Moor
Type: ABC
Date / Time: March 2016 (cat), phantom horseman on first full moon in March
Further Comments: A cat, reportedly the size of a small horse, darted out in front of a car. The previous year, a panther was observed on the moor, from which the witnesses fled. The moor is also said to be haunted by a phantom horseman who appears once a year.


Location: Belfast (County Antrim) - Cavehill Park, Upper Hightown end
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 31 August 2008
Further Comments: Several independent witnesses called the police to report a sandy coloured cat in this park. The nearby Belfast Zoo reported no animals missing. A search of the area by police failed to find the feline.

Beast of Bennachie

Location: Bennachie (Aberdeenshire) - Countryside in area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This big black cat was blamed for dead sheep and causing disruption in the neighbourhood.

Owd Scriven o' Brompton

Location: Berrington (Shropshire) - Area once known as Banky Piece (no longer exists) and church
Type: ABC
Date / Time: Circa fifteenth century
Further Comments: The wooden effigy on display in the church is known as 'Owd Scriven o' Brompton', and is said to have been a knight who encountered a lion in the area. The knight managed to slay the big cat, although was left with a large scar on his face, which is visible in the effigy.

Beast of Biddlestone

Location: Biddlestone (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Another ABC hotspot, dozens of witnesses have encountered a large black cat in the region over recent years. In 2007, a group of off-duty police officers and their families spotted the creature; they described at the cat as being the size of large dog but with a lower profile.

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