Report from George Markie
The latest reports of a mysterious big cat, sighted on the outskirts of Monifieth, has done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of golfers determined to enjoy today's perfect weather conditions with a round or two on the neighbouring golf courses.
Local woman Jennifer Cowper was shocked late yesterday afternoon when she was confronted by what she described as a "wild beast" near an area of heavy rough and gorse less than 100 metres from the Ashludie golf course starter's box.
Her sighting was the latest in a series of cat-related incidents in the Monifieth/Carnoustie area, with a number of unexplained sightings recorded and several instances of mutilated animal remains.
One man who was on the course today, and who spoke to Ms Cowper shortly after her alarming experience, said, "She seemed genuinely upset and asked if anyone had seen this big, black beast.
"I certainly didn't see anything, and I don't think anyone else she spoke to did either, but from the state she was in I have no reason to doubt she had definitely seen something out of the ordinary."
The man, who asked not be named, said, "She described something about four feet long, and she was concerned enough to warn a woman who was out walking with her grand-daughter towards the eighth green to be on their guard.
"A lot of the people who are out on the course today - and it's really busy because of the weather - have been making a big joke about it and kidding each other on about not going to look for golf balls that go into the bushes in case they get eaten, but I don't think anyone's really worried about it.
"I've heard people who use the course early in the morning speaking about finding great big paw prints in some of the bunkers, but that could just be dogs.
"I'm not completely convinced one way or the other, but it certainly makes for an interesting topic of conversation."
Dundee Evening Telegraph, 29 th March 2002
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