Victorian Big cats

I have seen 2 big cats, the first was south of canberra back in 1995, with another bowhunter. We both saw it, It was a tawny colour like a mountain lion, or Puma. It was much larger than I expected at least as big as a wolfhound. When we got to the spot where it had been sitting it had disappeared into the  Blackberry thicket.
The hair on our necks stood up and we got out of there fast. The second occurred last year, I saw a large black cat for about 10 seconds before it disappeared behind a small hill.
The sheep in that paddock were bleating and ran down to where I was metal detecting, which was unusual. About 4 months later owner of the property saw it himself and took photo's of the tracks.
regards Robert
Victoria

WA Cats

During the sixties and seventies, my family of origin went on a lot of camping holidays around  WA.  We were driving through the wheatbelt  during school holiday time in September in the early seventies.  We had just passed Dumbleyung.  It was late at night and my mother and sister were asleep in the car.  I was still awake and  my father and I were discussing Donald Campbell's world land speed record on the Lake, which he had witnessed .    We drove past the lake only to see  a big cat  standing in the  middle of the road,  at the most  only 200 metres from the car.  It was very clearly illuminated by our headlights.
My father and I couldn't believe our eyes.  It resembled a black panther with yellow eyes,  and it was huge.  It had the sleek body and long tail of a panther.  My father slammed on the brakes, waking up my mother.  But by the time she asked what was wrong, the big cat had crossed the road to the other side and melted into the shadows of the bush.  Its action was extremely graceful.   My father  turned the car  so the headlights went to where the big cat had gone but there was no trace of it.  My father waited about 10 minutes, then got out to see if there were any tracks at the side of the road, but there was too much leaf litter there.
My mother didn't believe us.  I was twelve at the time, but I still know what I saw.  It looked exactly the same as the black panther in the South Perth zoo, only it was a taller and bigger framed animal.
My father's story of its origins was the one his father  told him. Urban myth? Who knows..  Some time  after the end of the second world war, a travelling circus toured country WA from over east.  Travelling up to Perth, some of the carriages of the train were somehow derailed and the crates smashed open.  The animals which escaped were  a cougar, a panther and its two cubs.

My father and I often talked about the sighting,  and from then on, we eagerly followed any reports of sightings or unusual sheep or cattle attacks with great interest. 
       
I am not a fanciful person and neither was my late father.  I was never worried about being disbelieved or labelled a "crackpot", so   I  am happy I have found a  site where I can share  my experience.

Regards

Wendy

Sunshine Coast Cats

Hi I'm ###### live on small acreage property ###### valley ##### rd
The###### rd area is a fairly dense bush area on a ridge in the Sunshine Coast hinterland the eastern side leading down to #########  the western side of ###### leads into ######valley  and ########
I spotted large cat stalking /walking one moonlit night On my land I had companion with me who also witnessed the cat this was about 6 years ago I have not see the cat again
The night I saw it was full moon it was walking down near my goats and was a comparable height to my boer goats it was in full view the cat did not bother my goats nor did my goats bleat or appear scared  it may have been heading to my chook shed or down towards the ######### dam
another friend saw it one night on my property 3 years ago in January he was very surprised as it walked right in front of him while he was on my elevated decking
my kids were sceptical of my cat sighting but over the intervening years 3 of my 4 children ( all reliable adults)  have seen the cat each on separate occasions usually at night all sightings on ######## rd or my property my kids are now believers of the big cat
Most recently my daughter and girl friend almost hit it a few months back while driving at night they were quite shaken and upset
my dad a few years back spotted it walking across his clearing he was ex
Bushie / cop he sat out next evening with his rifle but didn't spot it again on his property note his property is on same road as mine he did mention he had seen it also once on my property
I'm ##### manager and ex #######  I am used to working remote bush and outback know my Aussie wildlife very well and this animal does not present as a known marsupial nor feral cat. It walks and stalks like big cat but is id say about 2.5' high it's tail was long and held out almost horizontal with the body
I had a dog of mine vanish one night about 10 years ago and now keep all my dogs inside especially at night.
quite often my dogs will be agitated  racing up down decking barking growling at something outside for long periods at night I want to keep them safe as had a friend 2 dogs ,one dog return blood covered and other dog not returned this was ###### nearby
I'm quite certain of the big cat/s on the sunny  coast in this area it is definitely out there. This area has good bush coverage good water and endless food sources . ( Domestic chickens, ducks, native wildlife and ex /domestic stock etc)
I hope there is more anecdotal evidence and that one day discovery or verifiable evidence is found
Kind regards

NSW Cats

I too have seen not one but two big black cat/panther like creatures on the
Mid North Coast NSW. This incident occurred in Pacific Palms near
Forster/Tuncurry in 2004 and has left me convinced that Australia does
indeed have big cats of some description, and that they really are breeding!
This isn't just one.

Before I start, I'd like to add I am a complete sceptic to anything I
haven't seen with my own eyes, I am a business professional, but I figure
the more evidence that's out, the more that can be done to finally prove
they do exist because it's real and pretty frightening.

I was driving on the road close to Elizabeth beach at about 10.30pm at night
and noticed to my horror ahead, this massive panther like creature on the
road with stubby rounded ears and an extremely long tail. It was rather
stocky and big, bigger than a large dog. It was jet black, with very
distinct yellow eyes. It looked at the car approaching but there wasn't time
for it to move away and to be honest my initial reaction when it didn't move
was it was possible I was going to hit it. Rather than move it tried to
crouch down as low to the ground as it could, as if it was trying to blend
in. The reason for this I've later thought, might have had something to do
with what was accompanying it, but it was using an awkward stealth like
movement, trying to almost camouflage into the road it was so low.

I applied the brakes sharply and got to within a few feet of it, and watched
as it continued to almost crawl very flat, and slow, stooped off toward the
end of the road. It was then that I noticed a smaller one, like a cub had
started to follow it doing the exact same thing.

Once to the edge of the road, it and the cub bolted into the forest with
tremendous speed. The whole incident lasted a good 30 seconds or so. I had
time to slow to a stop, and could see them both clear as day in my high
beam, crawling across the road. I was petrified, so I wasn't getting out of
the car.

There is no question this was not a dog or anything like it. It was
definitely panther like, but the tail was very strange. It was distinctly
long!

I would like to remain anonymous.

Paw Print Renews Panther Fears

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Legendary panther spotted on Austinmer bush track

 


It is the legend that will not die - possibly because it has nine lives.
 The Illawarra’s black panther has been spotted again. Austinmer resident Manii Versoza, on a regular walk on the Sublime Point track on Thursday morning, said a jet black animal ‘‘the size of a labrador’’ with a ‘‘long, swooping cat tail’’ rushed out of the bush and crossed the track around a metre in front of him. ‘‘Any closer and he would have jumped on me,’’ said Mr Versoza, a retired sergeant and officer in charge of the Illawarra police rescue squad. ‘‘I thought it was a big tree kangaroo or feral cat but with the big tail, and how lightning fast it was, it wasn’t that. This thing should be in a zoo.’’ 
With extensive recovery and rescue experience in the Illawarra bushland, Mr Versoza said some areas was dense and quiet enough for a big cat, or several, to live undiscovered. ‘‘I guarantee there is a big black cat out there. There must be others,’’ he said. Big cat sightings are not uncommon in the Illawarra. A famous warning scrawled on a sign at the entrance of the Wodi Wodi track near Stanwell Park reports a 100 kilogram black cat was spotted on December 31, 2012.  

 Many others have reported spotting glimpses of a hulking black shape roaming the wilds of the Illawarra, but little more than hear-say evidence has been reported in the region. West Wollongong resident Jenny Causer is a believer, however. While on a bushwalk on Mount Ousley around 20 years ago, she reports seeing a huge black cat burst out of bush - a cat the same size as a large rottweiler she was walking with. ‘‘It was long and lopey, with a long thick solid tail. Jet black,’’ Ms Causer said. Mr Versoza has no doubts about what he saw. He said the encounter will not stop him from walking on the Sublime Point track, but said others should be aware of what may be hiding in the dense bush. ‘‘It blew me away, but I am concerned now. It is alarming, there must be others around,’’ he said. Experts back big cat File picture. The bushland panther is one of the most enduring legends of the Australian bush, but more than a few experts believe the big cat stories are more than  just fiction. Dr Ricky Spencer, Senior Lecturer with the Native and Pest Animal Unit at the University of Western Sydney, believes the panther legend may have a grain of truth. ‘‘Years ago, I would have thought the people making these reports were nutters. 

However, recently I’ve heard reports from wildlife biologists and naturalists who say they’ve seen these things,’’ Dr Spencer said. Panther sightings have been reported along the east coast  from Victoria to Picton, and the legendary beasts are said to roam the Blue Mountains and Penrith. The most recent sighting was at Goulburn in early October. Theories include escaped circus animals, or exotic pets released into the wild by a collector. One school of thought states the American military sometimes carried panther cubs as mascots, with several such cats let loose by troops stationed in Australia in the 1940s. 

Dr Spencer said such theories are ‘‘a bit far-fetched’’, but offered a more mundane explanation. ‘‘There is a lot of stuff imported into Australia illegally, and from what I’ve heard, maybe some escaped,’’ he said. ‘‘I’d say 99 per cent of sightings are a feral cat or swamp wallaby, but there are enough credible reports to at least look into it.’’ 

Michael Williams has pursued the panther stories for a decade. With partner Rebecca Lang, Mr Williams published the book Australian Big Cats; an Unnatural History of Panthers in 2010, after collecting sightings, DNA results and historical records. He is convinced such beasts roam the Australian bush, and said his website received about 10 big cat sighting reports a year from the Illawarra. ‘‘These things are out there. What they actually are, is the million-dollar question,’’ Mr Williams said. ‘‘Whatever it is, it is real.’’

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OPINION: Panther investigation

Sounds like pure..







Within the field of enigmatic creatures such as Bigfoot, the Yeti from Nepal, and the Loch Ness Monster from Scotland, is the rumour of Australia’s, and more importantly the south east region's, large, elusive and commonly out of focus Black Panther cryptid. With a flourish of people now putting us into the categories - Are you a believer or a non believer?
In reference to how the animal came to be in Australia, stories are circulating of a circus going bankrupt and releasing all their animals into the wild. Others claim that following WW2, the Americans brought the Black Panthers to Australia as mascots.
Recently the Goulburn Post ran a story of the ambiguous Black Panther, giving many members from the community the confidence to come forward and speak about their own experiences with the alien big cats.
Soon after, I received word that a prominent investigative journalist from Sydney was visiting the Yass Valley, after a member of the Yass community had reported to have seen the animal three times over the last couple of weeks. Why the community member contacted a famous reporter as opposed to the Yass Tribune is as alluding as the myth itself!
Putting my investigative hat on, I was determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. I placed a message on Facebook asking any community members to come forward that had recently spotted the creature. Amongst the barrage of football and cute black cat references, were a few of notice. Residents claiming to have seen these big cats (yes plural!) for years. One of note was a woman and husband claiming to have run one over with their car a couple of years back, and was in possession of two of the animal's teeth.  
My excitement was palpable, my two colleagues looked on at me, one with apprehension, the other with hopeful certainty. I was determined to uncover the mystery, to find the story and prove once and for all this was not a farce.
I knew this was going to be my pulitzer.
I jumped in my car to drive the half hour to their property. They were eager to show me, thrusting them into my outstretched palm. I was an instant believer! One tooth was four centimetres long and the other just over an inch. The couple described the cat as big as a labrador with a flat, pug sort of face and there was more than just the one. They told me that they had discarded the body because of the stench and had no photos because it was before the I-phone era. The couple said they found the teeth close to where they had hit the animal.
I took my photographic evidence back to office to then send away to the appropriate experts. After spending the weekend in nail-biting anticipation, the reply came early Monday morning.
‘Dear Jessica, are you sure these are teeth, they look like a tigers claw.’
A blow, I thought, however still hopeful that they may still have some connection to the beast.
I hesitantly replied, could they possibly be a claw from a Kangaroo? His response came fast; ‘Oh yes, I didn’t think of that, that’s quite possibly the answer.’ In the end I couldn't verify one way or another.
Although there was no certainty that the advice that I received was 100 percent correct, or whether perhaps the couple had been able to acquire the teeth from the animal they had actually hit in their driveway, or if those who had seen the animal over the last few years had a camera on them that had the correct focus.
Regardless of the many ‘what if’s’, and the great disappointment in being unable to solve the mystery, at least I have learnt some great lessons in responsible journalism. I hope one day that the mystery will be revealed, on the other hand, there’s a sense of inscrutable excitement in the unknown, having our very own cryptid.
Until further notice, keep an eye on your children and your cattle source

Sydney panther legend surfaces in Goulburn


Its a cryptid animal...your not supposed to take decent still`s/or use the video camera/or have anything beside a mobile phone low resolution camera.
And in keeping with the cryptid meme…the animal is out focus of course.
The camera appears to be on autofocus and is trying to focus on the branch in the foreground whilst they are zooming into the background..

Sigh…




It's the legend that refuses to die.
Rumours have circulated for decades about a mysterious panther-like cat roaming bushland fringes in NSW. Last Saturday, a startled couple from Goulburn became the latest witnesses to shoot a grainy, quick-fire frame of the large feline predator - which they insist was a panther.
Jeff and Ruth Gulson were eating lunch on their 20-acre property at Goulburn when through the kitchen window, the animal came into view...more

Sugarloaf Rock in Cape Naturaliste cat



Thought I would send you an email about an animal I saw yesterday.  We were driving down to Sugarloaf Rock in Cape Naturaliste yesterday afternoon and this big cat?? .....  ran across the road in front of the car.  The sun was behind it so couldn’t see the colour but was about as long as my car is wide (corolla) including the tail.  I had a instantaneous gut feeling that it may have been a Tasmanian tiger, but honestly it was so quick, I don’t know.  I do know it was bigger than a feral cat and its head seemed more pointed than a cats.
So, not sure what it was, but has made me rethink about what might be in the bush when I go for a walk on my own!!
Let me know if you have any thoughts or have had any other reports from this area.

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