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Mountain Lion Sighting in the Middle of Edinburgh, Scotland! — 8 Comments

  1. Three times the woman’s size? I’ve worked with thermal images for the military and I know that you can’t always judge perspective on thermal images (unless you are using ones that combine visible light as well as heat). The resolution on many non-military thermal imagers is not very good – the more something radiates heat, the less well-defined it is as a shape and the bigger it looks (the imager is picking up the radiated heat surrounding the object). Bearing that in mind, it’s way more likely to be an unaccompanied dog. Or a stray deer (roe deer have turned up in the streets of my home town and in town gardens). Or even a couple of people carrying something!

    • Another excellent point Sarah. You’d have thought the police would have realised this. This is why I think they hype it up for the press.

  2. Are Mountain Lions even native to Britain? Like they are where I am in Northern California. Or were they a species that was brought in and let loose like pythons in Florida.

    • They are not native to the UK so if this is a genuine puma it was imported and is a pet. They are the latter in your description. It is just possible that this mountain exists in Scotland and is an escaped pet. There is a lot of uninhabited land in Scotland so a puma would be left alone at least. North Scotland is the only place in the UK where a wild cat can exist (the Scottish wildcat)..

      • That’s what I thought as well. That the puma or what we say in California The Mountain Lion wasn’t native to Britain.

        Around here Mountain Lion sightings are a dime a dozen in the mountains. And in Santa Cruz where I grew up they tell the university students to be careful when walking around on some of the trails.

        • It is similar though in some US states where the mountain lion no longer exists. Sometimes there are sightings and they could be escaped pets.

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