Cannock Chase is an area of woodland and heath land which has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is located between Stafford and Cannock and covers an area of about 26 square miles. Years ago it became familiar to many people when a series of murders took place here, three girls were murdered and buried on the Chase. Raymond Leslie Morris, a motor engineer from Walsall, was found guilty at Stafford assizes of one of the murders in 1968 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He is still in prison over 40 years later as one of the country’s longest serving prisoners. However moving further forward in time a series of strange events seem to have been centred around this location known as Cannock Chase, what follows are extracts from newspapers which have reported on these strange events.
Below are a series of articles that have appeared in the Cannock Chase Post and Birmingham Post.
Panther alert on new sightings 1 September 2005
Sightings of a snarling, black panther sparked a police search this week as terrified residents steered clear of Cannock Chase.
Tuesday saw the latest in a long history of panther sightings on the ancient woodland.
Eyewitnesses have told us of a large, muscular, black cat, roughly three feet long, prowling through the woodlands near Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre.
Terrified witnesses fled as the beast came within metres of them, seeming to appear from nowhere.
“I saw a weird Mutant Creature as a child” says a resident of Missouri, USA, who wished to remain anonymous. In a statement released today.
“I recently went to a reunion of our high school and met her friend ash, which at school we were bosom friends.
We talked about different topics, and then she suddenly asked “do you remember the beast, with a snout like a pig we saw?” I looked at ash first with incomprehension, then shock.
As it turned out, I completely forgot about this event. I was so scared that my memory tried to completely erase that horrible memory from my mind and I remembered it only when ash asked him about.
Before my family and the ash family lived in the remote countryside, where there was only dirt roads. Passed near the national Park boundary, and the nearest town was 25 miles. It was 2003 and I was 13 years old.
These images are from 1-5 Jan 2019
A strange large print found in soft ground.
Print with my boot for comparison, I wear a UK Mens 11
I think this is one of the largest shelters I have seen.
My name is Simon Austin from Coleford near Gloucester, I have lived here all my life . I never knew where to report my encounter until a friend of mine told me about mark Farnell a friend of his who follows sightings of unexplainable creatures like Bigfoot. I work in Staunton, one morning I woke at 05.00am and got myself ready for work.
As I was driving down scowles road heading for the A4136 highway, keeping in mind there was very little to no traffic I approached a left turn junction, near stowfield quarry at that point my car was hit by a small log or branch. In shock I looked to my right from where the sound emitted from and what I saw was frightening to say the least. I witnessed a creature sprinting towards me on all fours; at least that’s what I thought until it came closer. It was running on two legs but low to the floor. It resembled a dog but had a long snout but was much taller and was very thin. I accelerated off as fast as I could. The creature was black in colour and had frosted eyes. I have never seen anything like this before and hope I don’t see it again. I hope this helps in anyway.
A California man shares his encounter with what he believes was a Dogman creature.
Listen to the full report and share your thoughts and opinions.
The Dogman is a cryptid reputed to live in the northwestern quadrant of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, although other sightings have been documented in other states, such as Wisconsin. This unproven creature was first reportedly spotted in 1887 by two lumberjacks, who described it as having a human body and a dog’s head.
In 2015, a group of three people in Michigan reportedly came across an unidentified dog-like creature in the woods of St. Clair County.
In 2014 a woman told Cryptozoology News that she had witnessed an encounter between a group of Bigfoot and Dogman creatures in what looked like some sort of symbiosis, reminding her of the “relationship between crocodiles and hippos”. She described the animals as being the size of a man with pointy ears placed on the top of their heads. Their bodies were reportedly covered in a brown patchy hair and had “human-like fingers with thick claws”. The woman also released a 17-second-long video last year of what she believed to be a “Dogman beast”.
Cryptozoology News A man in Colorado claims he saw a creature that looked like a mix between a human and a dog.
The man, whose name wasn’t provided, said on MUFON that he was driving home from work after picking up his dog when he encountered the strange being in October.
He explains that he noticed the dog getting anxious so he pulled over to let her out.
“She wouldn’t do her business. She started barking. At first I thought she was barking at the traffic, but there was no traffic,” the Boulder, Colorado man said about the alleged encounter.
That’s when he says he noticed five lights hovering in the distance.
“I quickly put the dog in the car and went to investigate,” he added. “The lights rose higher and then got smaller and zig zagged.”
Then, he continues, they vanished.
But when he got back to his car, his dog was reportedly terrified.
“I tried comforting her, and that’s when I noticed something moving in the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw something running behind my car, through the taillights.”
The man described the creature as having red fur and a tail, but, he adds, “it also had a human face”.
“It is hard to describe.”
The eyewitness goes on to say that the dog was still terrified when they arrived home and wouldn’t leave the car.
“I had a few nightmares after that,” he said.
“I live in a small town in Devon (UK) just south of Dartmoor and there have been many sightings of what appear to be werewolves in the fields near here and up onto the moors themselves. The most known sighting was in 1996 and was by Emily Watton. She was walking here two dogs; a collie and a labrador/springer spaniel cross, on the moors in early October when the dogs started going crazy. Then both, at the same instant, turned around and started trying to run in the opposite direction Emily was headed. Emily kept hold of the leads and while trying to turn the dogs around, she saw a huge creature “about 7 or 8 feet tall” running towards her. It was “wolf-like but the forelegs were much longer and the chest much deeper. It was covered in fine black, grey and brown fur and hair brilliantly yellow eyes.” The snout was longer than either of her dogs’ and she could see fangs when the creature opened its mouth. She started to run but the creature was, in her estimation, at least 4 times as fast as she was. When the creature got about 20 feet from her, the dogs suddenly turned and started barking at it. Emily kept running but as she looked over her shoulder, she saw the creature stand up on its hind legs, grab the two dogs, then throw the collie into a rock and rip out her labrador/spaniel’s throat”
When she got back to town and told her husband what had happened she was taken to hospital. I’m not sure what happened to her after that but what i was told is that she died of shock that night………
Hello, A little background about myself before I get into my story, my name is Shylah, and I am a 23 Year old guy and from the West Midlands of England in the UK. Now, I don’t live far from a place called Cannock Chase, which is where my encounter took place.
It happened when I was 19 years of age. I had just completed a new album and, at that age and with any excuse, me and my friends, Peggy, Rosalind, my boyfriend James & his friends Francis & Aymon, took the opportunity to have a little private celebration in the Chase.
We went to our local Off-licence, bought some booze, and off we went for an all-nighter in the woods, as is the norm for teens.
We got to our usual spot around 10 pm and started drinking. About an hour had passed, we were getting tipsy and having a good time, playing my new tunes from James’s Bluetooth speaker, when all of a sudden Peggy screamed… I was shocked and asked: “What the bloody hell is wrong with you?!”
She said: “I swear I have just seen a bear by that log!”
I was contacted by a gentleman on youtube who after hearing one of the video accounts from a witness on the Medway kindly shared his encounter with something strange whilst out on his mountain bike, as regular readers will know, mountain bikers and the mountain bike trails are a great source for witness accounts.
G: Well Deb this is the strange encounter I had in the woods late at night on a solo mountain bike ride in the winter. I will try and make sense of what happened but im not very good at putting things down on paper and its not the easiest thing to explain.. Im pretty sure this was back in 2011 as I was around 18 when it happened. It was definitely during Winter as the woods were bare of shrub and leaves and the muddy/clay ground was a nightmare to ride on . I used to be a very keen extreme mountain biker and I would go out with a group and also solo, My favourite time was the night rides during the winter months at which time I would usually have a lot of fun, but not this night.