Residents have started forming theories over what the mysterious animal could be – and where it could have come from.
One said: “I was once told the circus had an incident many many moons ago and some cats escaped locally.”
However, others said it could have been left by a muddy trainer.
Experts believe there could be as many as 500 big cats in Britain, which help to keep the population of deer and other large mammals in check.
Animal carcasses with tooth imprints on their bones that could only be made by a non-native species have previously been identified – fuelling speculation.
Last month, a couple on a walk with their two French bulldogs in the village of Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, said they were followed by a “hybrid jaguar”.
Andrew Selwood, 54, from Winterbourne, told Gloucestershire Live : “It walked behind us about 100 yards back for a little while.
“I don’t know if it maybe was thinking that it was going to get one of the dogs thinking that they were food, and thought better of it.
“It then walked down an embankment and was looking at us in the hedgerow.”
Officers are said to have since drafted in an expert to try and track down the “big cat” – with fears it could be the return of the “Beast of Broadwell”.
Gloucestershire Police launched a big cat investigation in June after a sheep and a lamb were found stripped to the bone near the village of South Cerney.
The carcass was discovered by a stunned dog walker – and came in the wake of several reported sightings of a large feline.
A raft of sightings have been reported in villages in the Cotswolds.
Big cats are able to cover more than a dozen miles a day, making their territories huge.