Report from George Markie
A RETIRED police officer who collates sightings of Fife's elusive "big cats" has received 14 new reports of sightings since an article, highlighting a recent incident at Ladybank, appeared in The Courier this week.
George Redpath, of Balmullo, revealed yesterday that he has been "inundated" with calls since it was reported on Tuesday that 64-year-old Glenrothes man Andrew Smith had become the latest in a long line of people who have become convinced that the northeast Fife countryside is home to one or more of the big cats.
George said all but one of the latest reports were recent sightings and included one at Muirhead outside Dundee, and areas near Kirkcaldy, Tayport, Denhead, Dunfermline, Letham, Kingskettle and Ladybank.
But interestingly, he said, another report of a "brown cat like creature" had come in from the Balmullo-St Michaels area, reported on the same day he was investigating the recent case of an alleged attack on a deer within the perimeter fence at RAF Leuchars, a case also reported by The Courier.
George said, 'I am particularly interested, though, in several recent reports of a large dark brown feline creature, rather than usual reports of it being black. That, indeed, could suggest that there is more than one animal on the loose."
Yesterday George made a fresh appeal for anyone with information about sightings to contact him on 01334 870026.
Dundee Courier, 8 th November 2003
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