Report from George Redpath
A mysterious big cat spotted in the Wormit area may be a European Lynx.
That is the view of Tayside's Chief Conservation Officer following a number of similar descriptions of the animal.
A Cupar man, driving through North Fife during the early hours last weekend, came face to face with a mysterious animal when he left his car to investigate a bump.
He discovered the animal lying on the road, having been struck a glancing blow, but a look at its size and sharply pointed ears as it struggled to its feet persuaded him to get back into his vehicle and drive off.
Apparently the cat survived the accident, as there have been several other reports of an animal answering the same description, wandering through the woods of North Fife.
Residents in and around Wormit have alerted police and a series of unconnected witnesses have spotted the animal close to the Dundee - Kirkcaldy road, near Forgan roundabout.
Descriptions have pointed to the beasts very straight, stiff forelegs, giant paws and tufty ears, features which are very noticeable on a lynx.
Its ideal food would be rabbits, hare and pigeons.
Fife Herald, 27 th May 1988
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