Report from George Markie
A North Fife man, who was out for a walk in woods near Luthrie on Monday night, reckons he may have caught a glimpse of the same black puma-like animal which was apparently spotted a few miles south in Letham at the weekend. The man, who asked not to be named, said he was strolling down a path near the west side of Norman's Law at around 6.45 pm when he saw a 'mysterious creature' roaming through undergrowth around 20 yards in front of him.
He said, "At first I wasn't that worried because you always hear noises from rabbits, foxes, deer and the like, but when I stopped for a minute to watch this mysterious animal more closely I quickly realised it was not the sort of thing you normally see in the area. It was long, black and sleek like a big cat - certainly with a feline posture - and looked to be something like a panther or a puma. I don't think it saw me but I have to say I didn't hang around for long after that to give it a chance. It is quite remote up there and with me being on my own, I didn't want to find out if it had had its tea or not."
The man, who regularly walks in the area, said he had doubts about what he had seen until he read Press reports about another sighting. At around 8.15 on Sunday morning a man out walking his dog apparently saw a similar creature prowling across playing fields in Letham.
Mary Stark who runs the Bow of Fife post office said the sighting of the big cat in Letham had been the "talk of the village" for the past few days. She said several people who attended a christening at Letham village hall on Sunday had also claimed to have seen the creature that morning.
Around 30 sightings have been reported at a number of locations in north east Fife over the past few years. Anyone who thinks they might have seen such an animal in the area recently is asked to contact divisional intelligence officer George Redpath at Cupar police station. He has been collating a file on the subject for many years and can be contacted on 01334 418700.
September 8 th 1998
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