I’m assuming you mean ‘The Beast of Bodmin Moor’ in Cornwall? It’s just a big black tom cat, it’s not a black jaguar / leopard. There’s no solid proof to suggest the latter, apart from a leopard skull found which was later discovered to have not died in England and was instead imported as a leopard skin rug.
100% honestly though, how could a leopard / jaguar be living in England. If one had escaped from a zoo it would have been reported, if it was from a private collection the police would be contacted. The only possibility I can think of is if it was owned illegally and the owners decided not to contact the authorities to stop themselves getting caught, but that’s HIGHLY unlikely. Not to mention the climate and environment in England, and Cornwall in particular, is highly unsuitable for a big cat to live in.
The cats would have come from exotics dumped in the late 1970’s. In 78 (I think) the Dangerous Wild Animal Act came into place. Before it big cats were really popular pets in the 60’s and 70’s, but once the act came into place most owners couldn’t be bothered to pay for a licence and dumped their animals in the countryside. This isn’t just rumor, it’s a fact that is happened, so at that time at least there were big cats wild in the UK. How many survived is anyone’s guess, but there’s plenty of evidence that there are still around.
Lynx, for example, have been shot or found dead on the roads in many parts of the UK and Ireland, despite the fact they are supposed to be extinct here. People and dogs have also been attacked by these animals, leaving wounds that no native animal could have inflicted. About 10 years ago there was supposedly two black panthers living in my local area. They were seen by many people, prints were found and one even killed a lady’s dog while she was out walking on the hills.
I myself have encountered a big cat. Although I didn’t actually see it as it was in the middle of a corn field, I heard it roar, and nothing makes a sound like a big cat roaring. Even the cows in a nearby field went crazy when they heard and started stampeding wildly the way prey species do when there’s a predator nearby. I’m convinced 100% what i heard was a big cat.
In 2000, a boy in South Wales was attacked by what he described as a ‘big black cat’ the cat scratched him on the face, leaving behind scratch marks, obvious evidence:
Local big cat expert Danny Nineham confirmed the scratches were from a large felid with its claws only semi-retracted - if they had been fully in use the injuries would had been severe.
The Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 forced owners to license their pets or have them put down.
"People then had to apply to get their license, or take them to the zoo, and if the zoos don’t want them - the third option then was to take them out into the countryside and totally release them. In the last ten years I have dealt with over 500 cases of big cat sightings throughout the UK."
"This Puma was captured in the wild, in Inverness-shire, Scotland in 1980. It is believed to have been an abandoned pet. It lived the rest of its life in a zoo. After it died it was stuffed and placed in Inverness Museum"