Report from George Markie
REPORTS THAT an elusive "big cat" might be roaming the north east Fife
countryside were given further credence yesterday after a trail of large
feline-looking tracks were discovered in mud at a quarry.
Ian Lindsay, a weighbridge operator at the RMC Russell quarry, near Collessie, contacted The Courier to say that one of the drivers had discovered an usual set of tracks in the morning.
Mr Lindsay went down to have a look in the afternoon with his digital camera.
What he saw left him convinced that there must be some kind of large cat on the loose.
Mr Lindsay said, "There is no argument. I put a ruler beside the tracks and they measured 41/2 inches by 5 inches. This was not just a house cat. This was something big."
He revealed this was not the first time there had been evidence of a big cat in the area.
Over a year ago quarry workers discovered evidence of tracks where it looked as if a large feline had been chasing deer.
The Collessie tracks are just the latest in a long line of "big cat" reports across north east Fife in the last few years.
These range from brief sightings of a black puma-like creature on the outskirts of Cupar to sightings around Collessie, Letham, Lindores Loch, St Andrews and the East Neuk.
The Courier, 9 th April 2003
Note from George Markie:
The prints were very well defined and looked quite deep.
Collessie is roughly two miles south of Lindores Loch where there have been reports of cats being seen - including my grey cat although from the size of the prints in the picture, the one I saw would be too small to make them.
PS. Turns out it was dog, dog, dog - a very big one!
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