In May 2020 a sighting was reported that suggested that a Caiman might be living in the Fairburn Ings nature reserve. Caimans are a small relative of the alligator and are usually found in...
In 2002 there were reports of a large underwater predator, probably a huge catfish living in the lake and eating the local swans. The following BBC report dates from 27 July 2002.
‘A giant fish which has attacked swans at a bird sanctuary has been spotted by wildlife experts.
The Bristol Post published the following article entitled ‘Bristol police hunt for crocodile in Bedminster after bus driver reports seeing one on the loose’ (3 February 2014)
Police carried out a ‘big game’ hunt today after a bus driver reported seeing a six foot crocodile on the loose.
On 16 July 2012 the following North West Evening Mail story by Ross Tyson entitled ‘Big cat’ spotted on road’ was published.
A COUPLE claim to have spotted a mysterious panther-like big cat while on holiday in the Lakes.
The Hexham Courant published the following article by J Marley entitled ‘Mystery of big cats’ on Friday 3 March 2000.
THE descriptions all seem to match != black, the size of a labrador and with a long tail sweeping down to the ground != and over the past few years there have been dozens of reports from across the district of sightings of big cats.