Those who believe in the paranormal say that the bridge is haunted. One dog owner, Lottie Mackinnon, recounted her experience at the bridge. She was walking her dog, Cassie, when she saw something that spooked her. According to Mackinnon, Cassie was “possessed by a strange energy” before she jumped off the bridge, as reported by Unilad. Thankfully, the dog survived. Locals also say that they are superstitious and believe in spirits and the paranormal.
In 2005, however, animal habitat expert David Sexton and canine psychologist David Sands went to Overtoun Bridge and studied its surrounding areas to look for an explanation behind the dogs’ behavior. While there, they took note of the smells, sounds, and sights that may be causing dogs to jump. They concluded that the reason was most likely the scent of mink that lures dogs from the bridge, according to Slate. It’s not a definitive answer, but it is a possibility.