Report from George Markie
On 30 th January 1978, Mrs Helen Fitch saw the beast in a field at 100 yards at Bishop Kinkell, Conon Bridge.
"Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a quick glance of a large dog-like animal carrying a black object in its mouth. I looked again and saw it resembled a big cat - similar to a small lioness or puma. I have lived in Central Africa and seen animals like that before. It was dark tan but its tail and back were a darker shade.
"It was very heavy in the shoulders and hindquarters and its tail curved upwards and curled at the tip. Its stomach also sagged. I was convinced that it was a big cat.
"I reported it to the police and they came along and took casts of its prints."
Just over a mile from Mrs Fitch's house, farmer John Henderson, of Leanaig Farm, reported large paw-prints in a field beside his garden.
The prints were 3-4" long and clearly showed extended claws.
(There is a picture but it's too poor to reproduce but they show paw prints in snow - George Markie)
Aberdeen Press and Journal, 7 th February 1978
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