"While fishing on the river Cairn in the first week of October I saw what I took to be a very large animal emerging from the tree's on the opposite bank of the river. It was the colour of a Golden Labrador, but appeared to be at least as half as big again. It was at the top of a hill 20 - 30 yards away, and I pointed it out to my companion. It remained stationary for two to three minutes and we had a clear view of it. There was no sign of anybody with it then it loped away over open space and disappeared into a clump of bushes and trees.
My friend and I discussed it for a while (and still do) I hesitate to say that it was definitely a puma/panther, but we decided it was too big to be a dog or a cat, wild or domesticated. It appeared to be at least the size of a Great Dane and as I said earlier the colour of a Labrador - golden.
We were fishing at West Cluden Mill NR. Dumfries and made a few enquiries at the house with other anglers and in the pub, nobody seemed to have heard or seen anything. I'm not sure if they believed us. But I assure you that we saw something that we are unable to explain.
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