Several big cat sightings have been reported to police across Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife in recent years.
Tayside Police received calls about eight incidents, including one from a member of the public who said they had spotted a lynx cat in Kelty, Fife.
Officers also attended a house in Kellas, Fife, and took photographs or large paw prints left in snow in a garden there.
The details of the eight big cat sightings reported to the police between January 2010 and August this year were revealed under a freedom of information request.
In Dundee a police officer attended a report of a “huge black cat, panther-like animal” by a member of the public, although it was not found during a search of the area.
Police in Brechin were notified after three inch paw prints were found in the snow that were “not from a fox” while the force’s wildlife liaison officer responded to a call from Pitroddie, Perthshire, where a 2large animal in woods, possibly panther” was spotted.
The member of the public told police the animal was the “size of a dog, all black and tail trailing on ground”. The wildlife officer noted paw prints at the scene where there was “no signs of any cats” but big paw prints, possibly from a “medium-large dog”.
In Duntrune, Angus, there were three sightings of two different “big cats” one of which was black and the other black with ginger stripes, however no further evidence of them has been found.
While a member of the public also reported seeing a “very large cat” in Kinross, but no further action was taken.
One of the few big cat sightings caught on film in Scotland was that of a black creature on a railway line in Helensburgh, Argyll, made by Ministry of Defence dog handler Chris Swallow in June 2009.