Report from Chris Smith
I am a mature student studying for an environmental degree at Otley College in Suffolk. As part of my final year assignments I have to do a 10,000-word dissertion and the subject that I have chosen is the study of Big Cats which are allegedly roaming our countryside.
I have chosen the area around Inverness and the Black Isle to base myself for the summer, as this is somewhere renowned for its big cat sightings and, as a native Scot, I lived here for a number of years and know the area quite well.
My reason for writing to you is in the hope that people might come forward with sightings, etc. as there seem to be fewer reported to the police than at one time. In actual fact though, just by talking to local people, sightings seem to be so commonplace that no one bothers to report them anymore. It is as though the animals, whatever they might be, have been accepted as part of our natural fauna.
I have access to police reports on the matter over the last 20 years or so but would be grateful for anything additional. If your readers have any other information on the subject, I would be glad to pay for any copies of such. My mobile phone number is (0589) 084493.
Yours; Fran M. Locklhart
7 Millers Arch, Rosemarkie.
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