A MAN who is ‘drinking up’ claims to have spotted a big cat on the roof of a hotel.
The incident, which was reported to Puma Watch North Wales, allegedly happened around 7pm on Saturday 3 September.
James Davies said he was leaving Chester Market to use the toilets in another building when he looked up and saw an animal “sniffing around” behind a short wall.
He says it lifted its head to look at him, and at that point he could see it looked “exactly like a cougar.”
The animal immediately turned and ran, but James was able to snap a photo.
He told Puma Watch: “I was out with the boys at Chester Market for a drink. You have to go outside and into another old building to get to the toilets and as I turned the corner from where the toilets are I noticed something moving on the opposite roof which caused me to step away from mine to look up the phone.
“He was sniffing around behind the wall so at first I thought it was a dog on the roof for some reason. It must have heard me because it lifted its head and looked down at me, then immediately turned and ran away.
“I ran around the corner and looked over the roof to the parking lot but there was nothing to be seen, it was gone.
“When it looked at me, I could clearly see that it was some kind of cat. He was way too big to be a dog, he had short, pointed ears and yellow eyes, and his face looked exactly like a cougar. The evening sun reflected off its fur and I could see that it was quite silky, like a cat, and it had a large curly tail.
“Having my phone already in hand, I managed to snap a picture, but only after it started running away. I then went to the toilet and went in to show the guys, they were skeptical but one suggested I send you the photo.”
Puma Watch North Wales was set up to investigate such sightings in North Wales but it has received reports from Cheshire and the Wirral.
Added the latest sighting to the group’s interactive map
Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said: “A few months ago a motorist spotted an animal with the same description just a few miles away on the Sealand Road. It’s one of many similar sightings around Chester in recent years.
“Chester has become something of a hotspot for big cat sightings, with several clusters appearing in recent years. This includes an occasion where an animal was caught on camera by a delivery driver on Chester Meadows.
“Last year we shared a report of another motorist spotting a suspected Panther stalking sheep just a few miles away near Chester’s M56 services. Also, a truck driver spotted a large cat crossing the same street past Costco Chester.
“Just a few weeks ago big cats were sighted in rural Cheshire at Bickerton Hill and Bunbury. And late last month it was reported that a lynx sat on the side of the A550 Welsh Road.
“A suspected big cat sighted on Chester Meadows in 2021
“Last year and not far from the sighting reported today, someone spotted what could have been a cougar near Blacon, at a location well under a mile from four other recent sightings. Just along the canal to the north, a large, black animal with a very long tail has been sighted twice within a week around the abandoned Old Oaks Golf Course and the Countess of Chester Country Park.
“These sightings followed a 4ft long cat ‘with a big tail’ which was sighted twice in one night in fields bordering Blacon behind the Sealand Road Asda.
“Previously, across the city center, a member of the public reported an encounter with a ‘growing and snarling’ creature at Caldy Valley Nature Park in Huntington, while in December a large cat was filmed on camera roaming Chester Meadows.”
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