‘Big cat’ spotted crossing M56 behind Chester Costco
The encounter occurred in the middle of the night, around 2am on April 5 this year.
The truck driver reported the incident to Puma Watch North Wales who are a group that document sightings and raise awareness of suspected big cats.
Dom told Pumawatch: “I was joining the M56 Eastbound from the slip road off the A494 next to the VOSA checkpoint.
“I was driving my artic lorry and as I left the roundabout to join the slip road a large cat crossed the slip road left to right, from the back of Costco towards the wasteland in the centre of the motorway junction.
“The cat looked young, it was speckled brown in colour, about the height of a fox, slim-bodied but with very large legs and paws and a long bushy tail.”
It comes after other sightings in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Frodsham.
Earlier this year, a big cat was caught on camera in Frodsham, and another sighting occurred on the outskirts of the town.
Multiple sightings have also occurred in Chester in recent months, including when a similar animal was caught on camera in Chester Meadows when one animal was spotted twice in the same night behind Asda.
Big cats have thrived even after being banned as pets in the 1970s.
It used to be legal to release them into the countryside to avoid expensive rehoming costs.
Owners from across the UK travelled to areas like Wales and Cheshire to release their cats in a remote environment, where populations have continued to thrive ever since.
Top stories from CheshireLive
Here are the latest stories from the CheshireLive newsletter
Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It’s free and means you’ll never miss the most important Cheshire news of the day
Not signed up but want to try it out?
- ^ Cheshire (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ Ellesmere Por (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ caught on camera in Frodsham (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ another sighting occurred on the outskirts of the town (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ Ince Marshes (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ Let us know (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ when a similar animal was caught on camera in Chester Meadows (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ Cheshire Police (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ here (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- ^ here (e.cheshire-live.co.uk)
- Mystic Moments Melt and Pour Soap Base Clear SLS FREE – 2Kg
RRP PRICE: £13.45SALE PRICE: £12.99YOU SAVE: £0.46 Melt and Pour Soap Base Clear 2Kg SLS FREE Biodegradable 100% Vegetable Base Paraben Free Check […]
- Expandable Garden Hose Pipe 100 FT，Solid Brass Fittings- Flexible Expanding...
SALE PRICE: £19.69YOU SAVE: £9.30 Lightweight Garden Hose: The flexible expanding water hose uses a high-density triple-layer latex core and a […]