See the Another Fife Big cat Sighting and Big cat spotted by journalist for additional background behind these photographs. See also Cupar Deer Kill for the roe deer which was found near these pug marks. Scottish Big cats are indebted to Ralph Barnett for sharing these photos with us.
These pawprints were in the field next to the road where the deer was and were clearly made by some thing pretty big and pretty heavy.
Objects for size comparison are 2p coin and camera lens cover.
They were weathered beyond any recognition by the time I got my act together enough to think about making casts-I'm new to this stuff, you know-but I'm fully prepared for next time (here's hoping!)
Over the past week or so, I have been looking for some good clear tracks inside the enclosure where our bobcat stays. These won't match a cougar or leopard, but a photogaph might help to distinguish wild cat tracks from those of a dog or fox. This enclosure is 800 square feet with a sand substrate where the cats walk, so this should be an almost perfect means to photograph such tracks. What I find however, is it is still extremely difficult to find one undistorted track appropriate for photographing. So, this can make one appreciate the difficulty of finding one in the feild. What I have discovered however, is the occasional claw-marks along with the paw-print. I would have argued to the contrary had I not seen this. These are much less pronounced than those of a dog, but clearly visible. On occasion the rear claws are slightly extended when the cat steps, so what had been discounted as canine tracks might very well have been feline.
Ben Willis, Scottish Big Cats>/FONT>
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