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BEWARE BIG CATS SAY SCOTS POLICE.

Byline: FRANK RYAN

POLICE have issued a "steer clear" warning after a series of big cat sightings in south Scotland.

There have been four recent reports of an animal described as a lynx, puma or panther in Dumfriesshire.

It was seen by two women in Auldgirth, golfers at nearby Thornhill, a man walking his dogs beside the River Nith in the village, and by another man in Sanquhar.

Bob McGoran, deputy head at St Joseph's College, Dumfries, earlier reported seeing an animal like a North American lynx at John-stonebridge, near the M74.

Mark Fraser, founder of the Scottish Big Cat Society, is collating reports about the incidents and calls Dumfries and Galloway "a hot spot".

A Dumfries and Galloway police spokesman said anyone spotting an animal of this kind "should not disturb or approach it".

They tell the police as soon as possible, he added.
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Date:Aug 3, 2003
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