Report from John Murray
HIGHLAND-BASED big-cat hunters have improved their chances of
tracking down the mysterious beasts by qualifying for charitable
The award to the Scottish Big Cat Trust will not only make it easier to raise money for research but is also being seen as an indication that reports of large predators roaming wild are being treated more seriously.
The Trust, formerly Scottish Big Cats/Scottish Big Cat Society, provides public access to a database of over 1200 sightings, as well as further information on the cats it believes are living freely in the Scottish countryside.
"In recent years there has been a growing public acceptance that these cats really do exist," honorary secretary George Markie commented. "Farmers, gamekeepers and others that live and work in the countryside and who are familiar with local wildlife are reporting them. The main difficulty in obtaining evidence is that we are dealing with shy and elusive animals that want to avoid contact with humans."
Inverness Courier, 26 th August 2003
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