Report from Chris Smith
A veterinary pathologist said that a big cat was responsible for killing sheep in the Kiltarlity area near Inverness. Alan Syme of the Scottish Agricultural College said that the remains of four sheep he examined indicated that they had not been killed by dogs or foxes and that the corpses had been carried from the scene of the kill and that the injuries received were consistent with the killing techniques of big cats.
Retired DS John Cathcart of Drummond Circle Inverness has investigated sightings in the Inverness area for 20 years said: "The style of attack is not symptomatic of animals such as dogs, who would have left a terrible mess in and around the field. I have seen these most recent remains and they seem consistent with the killing methods used by big cats." "There has been a great deal of such activity in the Kiltarlity area over the years. In fact, I examined the bodies of sheep found by the same farmer abut eight years ago, and they had been mutilated in the same manner."
Scotsman, 29 th February 1998
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