Press report prompts further black cat sightings
THERE have been further reported sightings of a large black cat in West Fife.
Quarry workers are said to have seen a cat-like creature several times stalking around Roscobie, near Loch Fitty.
Other recent sightings took place in Cairneyhill and near Limekilns Road on the outskirts of Dunfermline.
The reports come following last week's Press article about a man's close encounter with a large cat near Wellwood Recycling Centre on Saturday 12th March.
The quarry sighting happened earlier that same day, just two kilometres north-east from the recycling centre.
A worker at the quarry reported the sighting to Bob Wallace, Fife representative of Big Cats In Britain (BCIB).
In an email he said, "Three of our plant operators saw this black cat at our quarry, Redcraigs, Roscobie, on the Saline road (B914).
"It came down off the top of the quarry towards Kelty. They said they have seen it a few times up there.
"I live on the Vane Farm road (B9097) and have seen it cross from Benarty side of the road to the loch side. Plenty of geese this time of the year to feed on!"
The following day (Sunday 13th) the cat was supposedly spotted in Cairneyhill.
The witness contacted BCIB reluctantly after friends mocked him about his experience.
His text to BCIB read: "I spotted large black cat around 2.30pm on Sunday 6th March from Glasgow 2 Dunfermline bus in field on left hand after roundabout Cairneyhill. Friends think I'm daft."
Bob told the Press, "He said he saw this black object in the field as the bus came around the roundabout, thought it was a dog at first, but then noticed the face, ears, long body and tail.
"It was heading away from Cairneyhill, in the general direction of Kincardine and Devilla (Forest).
"It stopped and began to stalk along the hedgerow, by this time the bus was passing and he began to lose sight of it."
The latest sighting is said to have taken place last Wednesday on the B9156 Limekilns to Dunfermline road.
Bob received a phone call from a woman who said she saw the rear end of a big cat on Wednesday evening for a few seconds.
He continued, "She was heading home at around 6.40pm when she saw the hind quarters and tail of a big, black cat enter the bushes.
"What she remembers most is the tail, described as very long and sweeping.
"Her estimation was that from ground to top of rump would easily have been two-and-a-half feet to three feet in height.
"She slowed down to have a look at where the cat had gone off the road but thinks it may have already entered the wood by then."
If you think you may have spotted a big cat contact Bob Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07936 719909.
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jan the man
Apr 1, 19:36
Apr 2, 10:57
with all the camera phones going about these days, then why has no one took a photo of this yet, dont believe that ALL they people who claim to have seen it dont have a mobile phone with a camera. yeahhhhhh makes u wonder eh.
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Sep 20, 22:57
these people who will laugh of these storys should do some research
black cat/pumas AKA the leopard the most poulated large cat on the planet are more than capable of roaming free in britian.considering only 30 years ago large cats were kept for exotic pets here untill they were banned and orderd to captivity centers .Some owners were prosocuted for releasing large exotic pets to our habitat a leopard wont be in sight of you more than a few seconds if ur lucky to see one this is why no one has the time and acuracy to catch a photo of this amazin creature.other countrys have the images due to there large number of leopards ie in africa ect we know where they are so we record them in britian its worse than the needle in a hay stack.
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