Report from George Markie
THE INCREASINGLY bold big cat of Angus put in another appearance on Saturday afternoon when it was seen by an off-duty police officer on the outskirts of Carnoustie, yards from the main East coast rail line.
The animal, described as "jet black, bigger than a fox and unmistakably feline," was watched for 20 minutes prowling along a newly- harvested cereal field.
While wishing to remain anonymous, the Tayside officer said, "In the course of my work and leisure activities, 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. I'm now wholly convinced there are animals living around us that are not part of the natural fauna.
"I was 150-200 yards from the cat and watched it for a good while through binoculars. Although it was jet-black, the only animal I would liken it to in general size and build is a lynx.
"Having walked across the field after the animal disappeared I was able to gauge its size against the tussocks of grass and the fence. I would estimate it to have stood a good two feet at the shoulder and easily four feet in length.
"This was not a large domestic cat, a dog or a fox ... It was definitely a cat of a type I have never come across before."
Yesterday's sighting was the latest report of a lynx-like black cat in the Carnoustie/Monifieth area.
Dundee man George Markie, of the Scottish Big Cats investigation team, urged anyone curious to find out more to visit www.bigcats.org/abc/.
Dundee Evening Telegraph
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