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From a letter to Scottish Big Cats:
February 1994. "I am enclosing a photo which was taken by me on Benin Dubhchraig near Tyndrum. We were walking up the hill on a track which goes up to a fair 'height' and saw no sign of animal tracks, but on our way down we couldn't miss the fresh tracks in the snow crossing the path. They were very sharp and clear and the claw marks were deep and as sharp as a whistle with not a grain of snow in them.
I had a throw away lighter with me which is 3 and 1/8's long and used that for comparison. I'm not an apache tracker but it looked like a big cat to me, and my son and son in law. Its not a great photo but maybe you could figure it out. I've enclosed the second photo with my son and son in law in it to give you an idea of the track and conditions. I hope this will be of some interest to you.
We have never had any doubts that big cats roam the Highlands. In Spring 1960, my wife, a friend and I saw big cats pad marks on snow in the hills near Loch Awe. They must be a common sight for gamekeepers etc. For the past couple of years we've made an addition to our gear. We pack a dozen squibs in the bergens just in case they're not as shy as we think. I hope this wee contribution will help with your plans.
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