Report from David Elder via Mike Inglis
The mystery of the "large black cat" which was spotted several times around East Lothian last year, continues with reported sightings recently in the Dunbar area.
Although the creature had been seen in other parts of the county, these were the first sightings close to Dunbar.
In the past few weeks there have been five reported sightings of a large cat-like animal, described as similar in appearance to a puma or black panther. According to County Ranger Victor Lough, all the recent sightings seem to be after dark, although there was a report in the summer of "a large cat-like creature sunning itself on a bale of hay near Whitekirk."
Mr Lough, who is keeping an open mind on the subject, said: "There have been five sightings reported to me in the Dunbar area, two near West Barns, one on the Stenton to West Barns Road, one near Pinkerton, and one on the Spott Road near the water filter. They have all been of a large black cat-like animal not unlike a black panther."
Mr Lough was surprised that there had been no reported sightings from the game keepers at the Tyninghame Estate, as that would seem the perfect habitat for a creature of this kind.
East Lothian Courier, 1 st March 2002
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