One of the alternative suggestions about the Beast was that as a result of the tightening up of laws regarding holding exotic animals as pets, some owners, rather than comply, released some big cats into the wild. But I'm not convinced they'd survive that well and that long.
Couldn't really find much information on this apart from various bits and pieces from organisations who also look out for UFOs, the Loch Ness monster and so on, so no real hard data. There has been at least one lynx and one puma captured in the last 20 years or so, and sightings, but it's hard to say for definite.
Still, since big cats can roam for up to 700 miles, it's not inconceivable that there is a wild population somewhere.
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