Records of an enormous wolf-like animal in
North Wales date back to 1790, when a stagecoach travelling
between Denbigh and Wrexham was attacked and overturned by
an enormous black beast almost as long as the coach horses.
The terrifying animal tore into one of the horses and killed
it, while the other horse broke free from its harness and galloped
off into the night.
The attack took place just after dusk, with a full moon on
the horizon. The moon that month seemed blood red, probably
because of dust in the stratosphere from a recent forest fire
in the Hatchmere area.
The locals thought the moon's colour
was a sign that something evil was at large and the superstitious
phrase, "bad moon
on the rise" was whispered in travellers' inns across
the region. In the winter of 1791, a farmer went into his snow-covered
field just seven miles east of Gresford, and he saw enormous
tracks that looked like those belonging to an overgrown wolf.
He followed the tracks with a blacksmith for two miles, and
they led to a scene of mutilation which made the villagers
in the area quake with fear that night.
One snow-covered field was a lake of blood dotted with carcasses
of sheep, cattle, and even the farmer's dog.
The farmer was found locked up in his house in a terrible
state. He wasn't harmed physically, but he was terrified. He
had barricaded himself in after witnessing an enormous black
animal that resembled a wolf ripping the throat out of his
The animal had then gone for the farmer, but he had managed
to run into the farmhouse in time. He had bolted the heavy
oaken door and hid under a table in the kitchen armed only
with a pitchfork.
The farmer said the wolf pounded on the heavy oak door, almost
knocking it off its hinges. The weird-looking animal then stood
up on its hind legs like a human and looked in through the
windows of the farmhouse.
Its eyes were blue and seemed intelligent and almost human-like.
The beast foamed at the mouth as it peered in, then bolted
from the window to commit carnage on the farm.
The church set up patrols in search of what was suspected
to be a werewolf, and bands of villagers braved the freezing
blizzards with lanterns, muskets and pitchforks in search of
the beast, but only its tracks were ever seen.
Seven years later, two men walking across the Bickerton Hills
in Cheshire saw something that sent them running for their
They rushed into an inn and refused to continue their journey
until morning. At dawn on the following day, the mutilated
bodies of two vagrants were found in a wood just five miles
from the inn.
The attacks by the large black wolf gradually died out, and
the people of Cheshire and Wales breathed a sigh of relief.
But two centuries later, attacks by a large unidentified animal
were reported again.
In February 1992, a national newspaper reported sightings
of a strange bear-like animal that had been seen across Wales.
In the north of the country, a farmer who had spotted the animal
on the night of a full moon said he had afterwards found two
of his lambs had been killed.
And in 2001 the local newspaper, the Evening Leader ran a
series of articles about sightings of big cats, like a puma
in Treuddyn, near Mold, and Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham.