A NORTH Wales group investigating big cat sightings has warned festival-goers after a ‘huge black animal’ was spotted at Glastonbury.
A man working at Glastonbury Festival has reported seeing an animal he believes to be a puma at Puma Watch North Wales.
He described seeing the black animal running across a field in a small wooded area “known as the Glade”.
Reg Baker told Puma Watch what he saw was too big to be a dog and his running motion was different.
The day after the sighting, one of his colleagues pointed to a “dark shape” running up a nearby hill.
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Reg said the big cats living in the countryside around the festival site are well known to some workers – adding that the large size of the festival could allow a big cat trapped inside to go unnoticed.
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Tony Jones, founder of Puma Watch, said: “The first encounter happened around 8pm on Monday June 13 and was reported to us a few days later. This matches the description of an animal spotted in the town of Glastonbury in May 2018 and earlier this year. .
“Somerset Live has published details of dozens of similar sightings across the county. Although we usually focus on North Wales, we often receive reports from further afield when people research how to report sightings. We welcome these reports and have already shared fixtures from Scotland, Cornwall, Manchester and Leamington Spa.”
Puma Watch North Wales has shared reports of big cat sightings in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, as well as Chester and Ellesmere Port. Witnesses report seeing large cat-like creatures, usually black or light brown in color.
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Mr. Baker’s sightings have been added to the Puma Watch interactive map.
He said: “I am part of the construction team at Glastonbury and have been here for some time before the festival opened. On Monday, after finishing work, I was walking around the site when I saw a large black animal running freely across the field. At first I thought he was a dog, but then I realized he was way too big to be a dog and his running motion was different. It was definitely not a deer or any other type of animal that I know of. From the shape, I’m pretty sure it was a cougar. He ran into a thick area of trees known as Glade.
“The next day a colleague of mine pointed to a dark shape running up Pennard Hill in front of us and in the trees at the top. It was too far away to be sure but I think it was a very similar if not the same animal.
“In speaking with other people on site, I’ve found a few people who say they’ve seen big cats while working here over the years. Some don’t believe me, but some say they’re known to workers at long-standing and generally harmless, whether they hide or leave when the mob arrives.
“Dog walkers can no longer access the site as it has been completely fenced off for weeks. I don’t know if a big cat would be able to get over the fence, there are probably places it could, but Glasto is so big it’s possible a big cat could go unnoticed while trapped on the inside.
Tony added that members of the Puma Watch community suggested on Facebook that the animal could be the so-called “Beast of Exmoor”.
Tabloid The Star dubbed him the monster of Glastonfurry.