Cops' 'big cat' plea after Edderton slaying
by Hector Mackenzie
POLICE are appealing for public help in probing a possible big cat link following a series of mysterious livestock deaths.Two separate attacks in the Edderton Hill area of Sutherland - close to reported "big cat" sightings revealed earlier this year in the Ross-shire Journal - have prompted Northern Constabulary to issue a public statement looking for information.The attacks were reported on June 4 and June 9 in two locations, both in the Edderton Hill area of Sutherland.Police "are looking into the possibility that the sheep may have been attacked by a large cat, due to the nature of the injuries".Anyone who has any information which may assist enquiries is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5703.
The latest development comes in the wake of a spate of unexplained deaths of sheep on nearby Rheguile Farm. A total of 18 sheep had been reported savaged since the beginning of the year, many stripped to the bone.The Journal also at the end of April detailed sightings reported by a pair of Tain-based sisters when they were out driving near Embo. They remain convinced that the creature they saw, and watched at a distance for around five minutres, was not a domestic cat.Big cat speculation has been fuelled by several other sightings and mysterious finds of remains - including those of a deer at Upper Braefindon on the Black Isle.