Alleged big cat in Scotland

Wednesday 21st July 2021

They original story that came into my inbox thanks to those jolly nice people at Google News Alerts was that: 
Glasgow mum claims she spotted PUMA in Carmyle New Park as she shares photos of ‘big cat

But of course they are not anything of the sort. Carl confirms that the photographs are of a dog footprint, and that the shape of the claws, the depth and deposition of the pads and it the shape of the toes are totally diagnostic of a canid.

The story in the The Scottish Sunu

continues with the lady’s sighting: “Ms Gilmore said a puma “jumped” over her son’s head while they were watching deer. She was unable to capture an image of one of the big cats, but …”

But now there’s more…

Frightened Glasgow local reports ‘multiple sightings’ of ‘growling, black puma’ in city park

She alerted big cat sightings website Puma Watch to the encounters, the last of which she says occurred back in May this year. Promoted Stories. She …

I contacted Carl Marshall for comment, and his reply was: “it’s still a bloody dog footprint”

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.