Black panther sighting in Charlestown shocks woman

A black panther was spotted at Charlestown on Friday morning, hunting a ringtail possum, a resident claimed.
The woman did not want to be named for fear that people would think she’s mad.


“It was definitely not an ordinary cat. It wasn’t a feral cat and it wasn’t a household cat – it was bigger than that. A lot bigger – twice the size of a normal cat,” she said.
The panther was spotted behind houses that backs onto bush around a creek.
“I threw some water off my back deck next to my garden. It was 5.55am,” she said.
She saw a ringtail possum clinging to the mortar in between bricks on a brick wall and “this big black cat on top of a fence, diagonally across from it”.

“The cat was going for a possum, but couldn’t jump into the brick wall.

“The cat looked at me for about 30 seconds, then it leaped off the fence. As it leaped, its movements weren’t of a normal cat. It leaped onto a neighbour’s Colorbond fence. You could hear the heavy thump of its pads hitting the fence.
“It leaped into the backyard of another neighbour that backs onto the creek.

“As it was going across the lawn, you could see it was very young and strong. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
She did not get any photographic evidence of the creature, but said it looked like online photos of suspected black panthers.
“My son thinks I’m mad, but I know what I saw. I’m scared it will come back and get the ringtail possums.”
She had noticed wood ducks and their babies that live on the creek had recently gone missing.

Previous Sightings
The Herald reported on black panther sightings last year.
In Facebook comments on the Newcastle Herald’s website, suspected encounters with the elusive black panther were reported.
Lynda Gordon 'Flo' wrote: “I still remember a panther on our property at Bulga 35 years ago. Question it or not, I don't care. It was there. Embedded in my memory and my entire family’s memory like yesterday”.
Lorrin Maile said: “My grandparents lived at Bulga. When I was a kid, 10 to 15 years ago now, my aunt’s dog was attacked one New Year’s. We could never explain the injuries he had. A panther would fit the bill. He luckily survived and lived happily to a very old age”.
Ann Davies Krasny posted this: “I, along with my father, have seen a panther around the Colo area on the way to Singleton some years ago. Most people don't believe me, but it's still clear in my mind. Then my husband saw one also in the same vicinity on a separate occasion. The truth is out there!”
Morgan Roskell said: “I've not seen the panther but heard stories from a friend’s brother who has travelled and worked on farms – first-hand accounts”.
Jacqueline Ellis wrote: “I saw a panther near Gerogery about 20 years ago”.
Ally Pound said: “I was at a school camp on the Colo River 16 years ago. We were warned of a panther roaming through the bush, leaving dead goats up in trees”.
Mary-ann Whitlock posted this: “Saw a panther cross the road from Denman to Jerry’s Plains. We had just come down off the steep part of the road heading towards the horse studs. It crossed the road about 500 metres in front of us. We had elderly friends in front of us and they saw it too. It was a big black cat (shape of a leopard). I know what I saw and I don't care what people think either”.
Sonia Mitchell McElhinney said: “I swear I saw a panther at Tumbi Umbi 40 odd years ago. Whatever it was, it was definitely big and black and catlike”.
Marsupial Cats
We turned to renowned cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy for answers about the black panther.
“The panther is actually a large marsupial cat,” said Rex, who has written a book titled, Big Cats of the Australian Wilderness.
“I have pawprints which show them to be marsupial, rather than feline. Females have been seen carrying pouched young in the Blue Mountains and on a plateau with access to the Megalong Valley.
“They’ve got plenty of country out there to hide in and they live on native wildlife.”
Rex said the panthers could be living representatives or a subspecies of an extinct creature from the ice age.
He was working on mapping the migratory path of panthers.

“The panthers move back and forth between the Blue Mountains and the Hunter area, in the forest country of the Mount Royal Range and the Gloucester Tops and across from there into the back of Taree.
“A small family group moves through the Singleton and Greta areas.”

Black panther sightings in NSW have been happening for decades.

In 2001, a freedom-of-information request revealed the state government had been keeping a secret file on panthers.

In 2002, a NSW government inquiry found it was ‘‘more likely than not’’ a colony of big cats was roaming Sydney’s outskirts and beyond.

But a 2009 Department of Primary Industries report concluded that “there is still nothing to conclusively say that a large black cat exists”.

It said big cat sightings had been happening in NSW for more than 100 years.

More than 500 accounts had been logged across NSW in more recent times in areas including the western fringes from the Hunter to Sydney.

American soldiers were said to have brought panthers and pumas to Australia as mascots in World War II. Also, American goldminers brought big cats to NSW in the 1850s. And big cats were reportedly available on the black market years ago for $5000 . source

Lithgow Panther...drags on and on..

Lithgow panther an enduring mystery amid hundreds of sightings, claims of a cover-up
Government reports strangely amended, over 500 sightings over 20 years, flawed scientific testing … there is a reason the Lithgow panther is part of folklore.
The crunch of dry leaves, the heavy snap of a stick, a feeling of suddenly being watched as the bush goes quiet are some of the sensations more than 560 people have reported in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Lithgow area since 1998....
source

NSW BIG CAT REPORTS


Bauer 1999 Report to Eric David      HERE


2003 Big Cat Report      HERE



2008 Report.
(This was hidden until an FOI flushed it out in 2009) 
Then, using DPI magic, it had information removed, data manipulation and expert opinion removed...and became...
11 May 2009 Second Dept Primary Industries report .    HERE

25th May 2009 Reply to Premier-   HERE

27th September 2009 after failed contact with NSW Ombudsman   HERE

2013 October  Large free-ranging felines in New South Wales: a review.
John Parkes .  HERE

A quick detour back in time first for some perspective.
The 1999 Bauer report.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries Report 2003.
The NSW government had no intention of ever releasing any of the following reports below.
We did a series of FOI requests and flushed them out.
The 1st NSW Department of Primary Industries Report September 2008.
The white wash report is next.
The 2nd NSW Department of Primary Industries Report- September 2009.
NEWSFLASH
The Director General appears to have never sighted the 2009 report.

He also never signed off on the report.
Therefore the 2009 report and the mendacious error ridden conclusion on the Departments web site are not even official.
And whose blunder was that.?
Cricket noises from the department as usual.
And from the useless media..??????
Diddly squat as usual....
Our reply to the Premier pointing out some of the mistakes.
Even though the 2008 report had loads of mistakes and appeared to been researched by someone in a hurry, its not to0 bad by NSW government standards.
The second report is the mendacious gold.
The 2009 has whitewashed the whole of the 2003 report and the 2008 report.
It even forgot to mention the Dr Johannes Bauer "study" in 1999.
Remember the Bauer debacle .?
You know!!!
The department gave the ecologist 2 days to do "research", because of the "budget constraints".
He concluded "Difficult as it seems to accept the most likely explanation of the evidence is the presence of a large feline predator in this area, most likely a leopard, less likely a jaguar (unless this is an elaborate hoax by someone in the community).
And what did the NSW government do with that report...NOTHING.
They hid it, never mentioned one thing until it was flushed out by another FOI.
But we digress..
The 2009 "report" even managed to fake the conclusion of the 2003 report.
"...The report however concluded that none of the available evidence conclusively proved the presence of free-ranging exotic large cats In NSW..."
Wow, they must have missed the bit after the comma in the 2003 report.!!
The actual 2003 conclusion was.
"..Nothing found in this review conclusively proves the presence of free ranging exotic large cats in NSW, but this cannot be discounted and seems more likely than not on available evidence..."
Why did the DPI do two reports.?
No one is saying, they have all gone to ground.

Vicrorian Sambar Facebook page promoting a hoax

Wonders never cease.

not sambar 
a farmer from Benembra lost 13 sheep in one day so he decided to put some trail cameras up and this large cat/puma was captured a few weeks ago coming in for a drink


No its not from Victoria..
The funniest bit was a smart arse in the thread telling people that they need help if they think it is anything but a house cat.. :)
Leopard photo from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary India
Source




Photo shop leopard

Photo shop Leopard is in the Mornington Peninsula




Tesco Blue Mts Garden section


Gippsland "Big Cat" filmed

Anyway..at least he filmed the animal. It looks like a big moggie though..

Source  9 News Gippsland


 A Yinnar resident has captured on camera, what he believes is one of Gippsland's mysterious big black cats.




WA Big Cats

My second big cat sighting was in  Kemerton a few years later. We were coming  back from Australind from crabbing  driving along Kemerton road heading  towards the South West HWY. It was  summer so it was still daylight at 6pm.
 We were driving through dairy country  so we had open paddocks either side of  us. I remember coming around a corner  and seeing what I thought was a Black  Labrador walking along the top of an  irrigation channel. In my car was my  sister and my girlfriend (in front  seat) I said her thats an odd place to  see a dog. My girlfriend who was a vet assistant and animal lover went pale  and said thats no dog. I immediately  pulled up and we watched this thing  (not bothered by us) walk "slink" cat  like. All 3 of us said do you see this  too? Next second my mate (who worked  for the APB) came to a screeching holt  behind us, jump out of his car loading  his gun but this noise had startled  the big black cat and it ran of out of  view across the paddock. All of us  agreed that what we had seen was a very  large black "panther"? cat. My  girlfriend shaking kept saying over and  over "dogs do not run like that"
Tony

Dodgy photo

Note the caption under the photo..
So...its either a game camera..hanging over a river..nope..
or
Someone standing close to the river..with a night vision camera..luckily a large animal came past and did not detect them..source
Bullshit

Victorian Bigcats Research Group





Victorian Bigcats Research Group
Myself and co founder Sarah Alsop created the group out of our mutual interest in the Bigcat phenomenon.
We have both had sightings in the Otway ranges and actively conduct our research in the Otways and other parts of Victoria.
We will be expanding our research in the coming months and would like to hear about your sightings or any other experiences relating to the subject you may have had throughout Australia.
You can keep up to date with our research by joining our group "Victorian Bigcats Research Group or via our YouTube channel " Victorian Bigcats Research Group .
Kevin Braunton
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