‘Big cat’ spotted crossing M56 behind Chester Costco

Another “big cat” has been sighted in Cheshire. A HGV driver called Dom reported spotting a “large cat” crossing the M56 slip road behind Chester’s Costco store near Ellesmere Port. 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.

There have also been others in Ellesmere Port, at Ince Marshes and Whitby Park. Have you seen a ‘big cat’ in Cheshire? Let us know 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.

Cheshire Police said they were investigating whether ‘a larger predator’ was responsible for a series of sheep killings, saying that ‘a large, black-cat type animal’ had been spotted nearby. 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.

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