Tales of a big cat roaming the south west of England have been circulating since at least the 1950s.
But reports have often been met with disbelief. Now Brett Bennett, from Newton Abbot in South Devon, claims he may have found some solid evidence.
Brett was walking his dog Kalba walk through a local wood when he spotted paw prints that he first thought must have been left by an enormous hound.
Brett and his dog walk in Holbeam Wood frequently. He says that since the lockdown, the wood has been quieter than usual.
“These woods aren’t used very much at the moment due to lockdown, and it’s only about a five-mile walk from here to Dartmoor, so when I saw the prints it made me think,” he told Devon Live.
He added: “So, I sent the photos to my partner, and she said that there had been sightings around this area before.
“That made me think that maybe I’d come across something that I had no idea about.”
Brett told us that in recent walks in the woods, his dog Kalba had been finding dead animals and even deer legs more and more, which he had previously shrugged off, but seeing the paw prints made him think again.
Often, when walking in Holbeam Wood, Brett and Kalba stray from the main walkway, further into the shrubbery, for a more interesting walk.
This is where he spotted the paw prints, and after finding and photographing the prints, Brett decided to check the main walkway to see if there were dogs around that would leave such a print, in an attempt to rule out the obvious before jumping to conclusions.
“When I saw the prints, and the distinct claws, I immediately thought that they were big cat paws, like a lynx or a puma or something,” said Brett.
“I second-guessed myself to start with,” he continued, “but it did make some sense because the trail I was on is a natural animal trail.
“My dog was definitely being unnaturally inquisitive as well, as if something was there or had been there,” he added.
As the Daily Star asked at the end of March, with fully one sixth of mankind currently under lockdown and not disturbing their habitats, who knows what strange creatures will take this opportunity to step back out of the pages of legends and into the light?