Do huge paw prints found in snow provide evidence of big cats roaming the British countryside?
Monster paw prints were found in fresh snow sparking fears predatory big cats are prowling the British countryside.
The mammoth tracks were five inches long and the space between each was 3ft - far too large for any domestic cat or dog.
They were spotted in pristine snow in the heart of the isolated Lincolnshire Wolds.
They stretch for more than 200ft along a windswept track before vanishing into thick undergrowth. Rambler and nearby resident Adrian Campbell made the discovery at Binbrook Airfield, where he caught the tracks on camera.
The 50-acre site has dense wooded areas and a fish processing plant - perfect territory for big cats such as panthers.
Large swatches of the airfield are also overrun with rabbits and rarely entered by humans.
Mr Campbell, 57, from Tealby, found the prints at noon on Monday after venturing outside the offices of his TV production firm to admire the snow.
He said: 'They are giant paw prints. I couldn't believe my eyes. And they went on for ages. I don't want to come face-to-face with whatever creature is at the end of the trail.
'They can't be normal dog prints - they dwarfed the prints made by an Alsatian and they weren't accompanied by a human.
'They could belong to a wild hybrid of a dog, which is quite terrifying.
Dad-of-three Mr Campbell, who runs TV production company PlanesTV, said he has explored every possible theory about what made the tracks.
But he said none other than a big cat made sense.
He said: 'People keep coming up with theories, such as that its a badger, but none of them hold any water.'
There have been a staggering 20,000 big cat sightings since 2000.
Last month forestry workers in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, revealed they had captured a big cat on night vision cameras.
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