Report from George Markie
The elusive, but increasingly bold, big cat of Angus put in another appearance yesterday when it was spotted by an off-duty police officer on the outskirts of Carnoustie (writes Ralph Barnett)
The animal, described as "jet black, bigger than a fox and unmistakably feline", was watched for over 20 minutes as it prowled along the edge of a newly harvested cereal field near the main East Coast rail line.
Although wishing to remain anonymous - the official police line being that whatever is being sighted they are definitely not big cats - the Tayside officer said, "I reckon I have seen just about every wild and domesticated animal there should be in Scotland. This, however, was something I have never seen before.
"From being a sceptic, I'm now wholly convinced there are animals living around us that are not part of the natural fauna.
"I was about 150 yards from the cat and watched it for a good while through binoculars and, although it was jet black, the only animal I would liken it to in size and build is a lynx.
"I would estimate it to have stood a good two feet at the shoulder and to have been four feet in length.
"This was certainly not a domestic cat or anything else that could conceivably have been wandering about in a field in Angus in broad daylight
Sunday Post, 22 nd September 2002
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