Report from Chris Smith
Warnings from Fife police that a puma-like creature may be at large has been welcomed by a former Highland policeman who has been investigating reported sigtings of similar creatures in the North since the late 70's. Inverness man John Cathcart welcomed a statement from Fife police that the creature, which was reportedly caught on film by a woman near Cupar was not likely to be dangerous to humans. Although Fife Constabulary, which has already amassed an extensive file on sightings between Cupar and Anstruther, is awaiting further confirmation befiore saying what the creature is, wildlife experts believe the video evidence indivcates that the animal may be a puma. Another possibility is that it could be a large lynx. Mr. Cathcart welcomed the news as an indication that the authorities could be taking the possibility of alien big cats more seriously. "The quote is the strongest that I have heard that I have heard," said the former Northern Constabulary wild life officer. Fife was identified by Mr. Cathcart as one of a number of "hotspots" for big cat sightings in Scotland. Others include Cannich, Golspie/Dornoch and Argyll.
21 st November 1997
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