Report from Ronnie Patterson
Mrs. McK of Penicuik, Midlothian says that on Sunday 16 May 1982.
"I was out walking with my husband and children along the disused railway track near Penicuik. I was on a part of the track which has a hill running up to my left, when I saw what I at first took to be a lioness, the animal I saw was roughly the same size and colour with a long tail. I could not believe my eyes, and studied the animal as closely as possible. It was about 4pm on a bright warm afternoon, so there was good light, and the vegetation on the hill was still fairly low. The animal which I now believe to be a puma was prowling about on the hillside, it appeared to be calm. It was most definitely of the big-cat family. My husband also saw the animal, but he did not stop as long as I did, for fear of alarming the children. I watched the puma for perhaps five to ten minutes, partly to convince myself that what I was seeing was really there, and partly to see what it did. It continued to prowl about in one small area, and appeared not to notice us on the path below. When we returned along the same path about one hour later there was no sign of the puma."
16 th May 1982
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