A commuter driving between Chester and Flintshire claims to have seen a “black, fairly large animal” they believe could have been a puma.

They were driving home from work along Sealand Road when the sighting occurred near the Texaco petrol station around 12.30am on the morning of Saturday, June 18.

In a report to Puma Watch North Wales, they described seeing an animal that ran into fields on the Blacon side of the road.

Davidson Drakes-Jarrett said: “I was driving home from Chester, my place of work, heading towards A494 when on Sealand Road about 30 metres after Texaco garage and 120 metres ahead of me a black fairly large animal ran across the road into the farm.

“It definitely wasn’t a fox and it ran across so quick I couldn’t really pick out any features or have time to catch a photo.

“All I could make out was its body that was fairly big and streamlined.”

The sighting has been added to the Puma Watch North Wales interactive map, alongside sightings in Flintshire, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd.

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Puma Watch founder Tony Jones said: "Chester has become a hotspot for big cat sightings, with multiple clusters occurring over the last year. This includes one occasion where an animal was caught on camera on Chester Meadows by a delivery driver.

"Last year, we shared a report of another motorist spotting a suspected panther stalking sheep, just a few miles away near the M56’s Chester Services. Additionally, a lorry driver spotted a big cat crossing the same road behind Costco Chester."

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He added: "Also last year and not far from the sighting reported today, someone spotted what could have been a puma 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 was spotted 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 great big tail” being spotted twice in one night in fields bordering Blacon, behind Sealand Road Asda.

"Prior to this, on the other side of the city centre, a member of the public reported an encounter with a 'growing and snarling' creature in Huntington’s Caldy Valley Nature Park, while in December, a big cat was caught on camera prowling Chester Meadows."

One of Chester’s alleged population of big cats has been added to the "Lego Chester" display in the city.

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