Report via George Markie
Many readers will have been interested in the articles published in your newspaper regarding the sighting of big cats in the Tayside and North Fife areas. I have been recording details of various sightings for the past ten years.
I have received many reports covering a wide area of Scotland. many people have intimated that they wished to remain anonymous as they had either experienced or feared ridicule when they informed others, including the authorities, of seeing big cats roaming the Scottish countryside.
Attitudes are now changing and I think most enlightened people are more ready to accept that there are or could be some big cats out there which are not indigenous to our country.
An article appeared in several newspapers last year which named Scotland as the "big cat capital of Britain". This statement was apparently based on the fact that during the past three years there have been 78 big cat sightings throughout Scotland. In fact there is no accurate figure and one can only hazard a guess at such figures. I personally have recorded 65 sightings of big cats, mainly from witnesses in north-east Fife. The witnesses to the majority of these sightings wished to remain anonymous and although they furnished me with their particulars I respected their wishes and they were not publicised.
I believe there may be at least five different big cats in north Fife. this is based on the various descriptions in the hundreds of reports given to me over the years.
I continue to receive reports and would welcome hearing from any of your readers who have been lucky enough to have seen the big cats. Only by recording all sightings will we ever be able to estimate accurately the numbers of cats frequenting any particular area and eventually be able to identify the species.
Dundee Courier, 7 th January 2002
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