Big cat ‘sightings’ evidence: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. any information relating to reports, sightings, encounters with or evidence of ‘big cats’ in Britain,
specifically in Scotland;
2. any photographs of interest which may show any unusual animals or secondary field evidence, such as predation on livestock or unusual carcasses suspected to be the work of a big cat;

from 2016 to the present day.


I enclose a copy of the information you requested.
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, ie names, contact details and job roles and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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