Report from George Markie
January 1977, Torrisdale nr Skerray, Sutherland
In January 1977 sheep losses became worse in the Skerray area, just two miles from Bettyhill. A local roads foreman, Mr Crow, complained about the number of sheep he was losing and Alistair Mclean agreed to help him hunt the animal responsible. Carrying a .22 rifle and a 12-bore shotgun, they went up into the hills at Torrisdale where the sheep had been disappearing. After a few hours they suddenly disturbed a large cat-like animal that lept out of a peat trench in front of them and bounded away over the rise of the hill. Although they gave chase, the animal moved at tremendous speed and was soon out of range. It was a cat, black-coloured, larger than a collie dog and with a long bushy tail.
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