Police have stepped up patrols around a Somerset village after a woman spotted a "panther-like" creature.
Police are waiting to examine a photograph of the creature
The woman reported seeing the large cat in a field at Puriton near Bridgwater, Somerset, at about 0900 GMT Sunday morning.
She described the animal, which was black, as the size of a Labrador.
Officers investigating the sighting are waiting to examine a photograph of the creature taken by the woman.
A spokesman said they were keeping an open mind about the sighting.
"Police are aware and are increasing patrols in the area.
"If we get a lot more sightings in the same area then it would be something we would actively investigate further."
He asked anyone else who spotted a similar creature to contact police.