Mr Chapman, 48, was staying at the Redbeck Motel in Crofton when he captured the animal, believed to be a big cat, on camera, as it was prowling through nearby fields.
He said it emerged from the bushes at around 8pm on Wednesday.
Mr Chapman, from North Yorkshire, said: “I was on the phone to a friend looking out of the window at the fields, watching the rabbits, and this big cat just came through the hedgerow.
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“It was just casually walking across the field.
“It’s clearly not a domestic cat.”
He added: “Whereas normally these things are a case of blink and it’s gone, this was in no rush to get across the field.”
Mr Chapman said the animal looked similar to a a panther.
But he hopes an expert will be able to shed more light, based on its characteristics.
He said: “It will be interesting to know what it was. I know there are big domestic cats but it certainly didn’t look like one.”
It is not the first time a “big cat” has been spotted in the district.
There have been several reported sightings of the ‘Beast Of Ossett’, which hit national headlines in 2000. Observers likened it to a big black Irish wolfhound.
Three years later there was a report of a large black cat stalking the village of Wintersett.
There were also sightings of a panther or puma like beast roaming between Alverthorpe and Ossett in 2006.
An animal, smaller than a Labrador but bigger than a cat, was spotted along a disused railway track between Wintersett and Newmillerdam in 2009.
And a “panther-like beast” was spotted roaming farmland in Notton in 2011.
Last year, there were also reports of a big cat on farmland near Kirkthorpe.
Mr Chapman quickly ended his phone call to catch this latest creature on camera.
He said: “I was surprised. I was trying to get a bit of actual proof of what it was on video. It was so clear to the visual eye.”