Watching a wolf near the Forest of Dean as an animal slowly sinks into a thicket


A Gloucestershire woman returning home late at night after netball said she was stunned to see a wolf slowly stroll across the road and disappear into a thicket.

The sighting took place at Monmouth. around 9:15 p.m. on October 26 last week, after the witness’s satellite navigation system took her on an unusual detour on her way home.

Ria Seward, 29, from Sedbury, said: “I had gone to play netball in Monmouth and was following the navigation system to get me home, but didn’t recognize how it felt to me. taken that night.

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“It was a very rural detour on the B4293 in Coleford and it was dark.

“I had turned on my low beams and the wolf saw me before I saw him. I was literally ten meters away.

“It was clear-cut. I saw him but when I passed him I turned around and saw his back and his cock. The tail was very long and the wolf was about hip height, I would say, and it was gray black in color. “

Ria wasn’t ready to get out of the car to investigate what she had seen because of the time of night.

She said: “I was a little worried about how I was going to get home and I was a little worried about driving in the dark.

“I know I saw a wolf. I can’t believe he slowly crossed the road in the woods. It wasn’t a dog. There weren’t any dog ​​walkers about to suggest it might even be a dog.

“I went home and went Google for pictures of wolves and came across pictures of what I had seen.

“Then I started searching the internet for other sightings of wolves that had been seen and found a Facebook group of big cats. I joined in and told them what I had seen and was directed to Frank Tunbridge who is investigating sightings of wolves as well as big cats.

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Frank Tunbridge, 75, from Podsmead, has studied wildlife for decades, with a particular interest in wolves, big cats and carnivores.

The sighting of the wolf was reported to Frank who was astonished by Ria’s account of what she saw on her trip home that evening.

“Secret predators”

Mr Tunbridge said: “The Forest of Dean and the Welsh borders are rich in wildlife of many varieties, including some animals that were once native to the area.

“The boar has returned with vengeance, and I have been told of lynx and wolf sightings in this vast area of ​​woods and hills. You just need to be in the right place at the right time to see one of these predators. secrets that have been released or escaped back into the wild. “

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He added: “Recently I got a call from a lady who had been driving between Monmouth and Chepstow one evening on a remote stretch of the B4293, when she saw what she could only describe as a wolf standing by the side of the road.

“It was tall and grayish / black in color. She approached within 10 feet of the animal before it casually entered the dense forest nearby.

“Checking later on videos and pictures of wolves, she said it was indeed a wolf she had seen and not a large dog of similar appearance.”

According to the charity Rewilding Britain, wolves roamed Britain but were hunted to extinction at one point during the 18e century and no longer live in the wild here.

However, Mr Tunbridge considered the possibility of the animals being secretly reintroduced.

He said: ‘In recent years many exotic animals, especially carnivores, have been kept by people all over the UK without any legislation on their housing etc by the authorities.

“Cougars, lynxes and wolves were once available for free purchase before the Dangerous Animals Act 1976 came into effect, but many of them were released into wild areas when strict legislation entered into force.

“Wild animals, carnivores in particular, have a large home range to patrol, and soon meet and multiply with others of their kind, under cover of darkness.

“People usually associate a wolf with a pack and howl, but a lone wolf becomes stealthy and elusive in its demeanor, and it would be quite easy to survive given the amount of deer and other prey species available in the areas. forestry in the United Kingdom.

“Turning away from humans using their superb senses, lone wolves can avoid detection.

“Some remotely slaughtered sheep often exhibit shipping methods employed by these powerful animals, but these are often mistakenly attributed to ‘big cats’.”

Anyone who has had a sighting or other relevant information regarding wolves or big cats in the UK can confidently email [email protected]

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