NSW Country cats


Not sure if this is the information you're after but on a recent bike ride through the bush I saw a very large black cat.
I had been sitting very still for a long time soaking up the ambience. When I returned to my bike I looked up and about 100 meters away I saw a large animal passing by. At first I thought it was a feral pig but noticed the shape of the body. It was definitely a cat.
When I measured it's height against the bushes it walked behind I estimate it was around one meter high. Perhaps it was common feral cat but if it was it was a very large animal.
The area was around 50kms north of ###  NSW.
No photos I'm afraid, too quick. But there was evidence of large cat like foot prints and a very large scat which was full of feral goat and pig fur.
I hope this helps.

Yellow Cats

I doubt I'll be believed. We run country on the ###### of NSW and have been there for three generations. Today I saw what I initially thought was a dingo because it was yellow. It ran down across a track and into a gully. It stopped and I could still see it so went to reach for the rifle but noticed it had a snub nose and really long, straight tail. One of the dogs jumped out of the ute to go after it and it ran again but stopped amongst some fallen logs and bracken.
 I could still see the top of it's head, the line of it's back and it's tail over the top of the bracken.
I still think I must be hallucinating.

Face Book Big Cats Group

Darren Monks has created a great group on Facebook and is posting some really good  reports of big cats from Western Australia.
Click the link and join.!!! source  

Tiger Cub Pets

Thanks David Waldron. !

Northern NSW Cats

Small farm Northern NSW.
Large Cats seen by locals for a number of years.
Farmer X kindly sent me some killed livestock photos.
Tree marked by claws..same type of images we used to see in Grosevale.
About 8 years ago we showed the tree damage to herpetologists and asked them if it was due to lace Monitors or koalas..all said "no".
National Parks and DPI staff came on site..
They did not know which species of animal had caused the tree damage.
DPI said it was an animal from the National Park, not their problem..
National Park said it was damage done on private property therefore out of their mandate.
DPI said "this does not prove its a panther".
Of course it flipping doesn`t..we never said it did.
Regarding the dead sheep..the marks on the face..are indicative of claws not a canid type "bite".
So, into the bin goes "it was wild dogs"..

Northern NSW Cats

I saw a big cat, 3 feet at the shoulder, near ###### northern NSW 2 years
ago. It crossed a road 5 meters in front of me at night.
The headlights illuminated it.
I was stationary in the passenger seat looking forward directly at it. my driver was looking at the GPS and saw nothing.
I am a police officer, observant and not mad.

Murrumbidgee river Cat

Hi i dont want anything in return but i want to tell you about a black panther i saw when fishing the Murrumbidgee river at Urriarra Crossing in Canberra.I got a good clear look at it from 40 metres and when it spotted me becuse i saw him first the panther stopped and stared me down to the point i was looking at where to run.
He whipped his tail and just stood still staring at me.I was fishing mid river on top of a rock and thats what i think saved me a he had to get wet to get to me and was easily a metre long and taller than any cat i have ever seen.
Didnt look like a domestic cat and was definately a panther.I just thought you would like to know as i still cant believe it but i defienately saw it and although it was scary it was awsome too.

'Illawarra panther' leaves sisters terror-stricken

Woonona mother-of-three Candice Morgan has ditched plans to improve her fitness on the Sublime Point track, after a terrifying encounter with a large and mysterious animal.
Candice, 29, was running up the track with her sister Stephy Morgan, 25, on Wednesday around dusk, when the pair were startled by a jet black animal with yellow eyes and a long sweeping tail.
The pair’s frightening encounter is the latest of many sightings of the Illawarra’s much-discussed black panther – a creature believed to roam in dense bushland around the region’s northern suburbs.
The experience has left the sisters shaken, with Candice vowing never to use the track again for steep uphill running.
‘‘All I could think of was that I had to get out of there for my kids,’’ Candice said. ‘‘I bolted down the hill as fast as I could.’’
The drama unfolded when the women were about 100 metres along the track and an animal rushed out of the bush.
‘‘There is no comparison between a large domestic cat and what I saw on Wednesday night,’’ Stephy said.
‘‘I’m still in shock. The tail was the length of its long body, it was so distinctive, and it had these big yellow eyes.
‘‘It was much bigger than Candice’s two big adult Alaskan malamutes.
‘‘It was about 25 to 30 metres away from me and, taking its size and shape into account, you couldn’t think it was anything other than a panther.
‘‘There was no question about whether it could have been a cat. It wasn’t.’’
Candice did not see the animal but she felt and heard an unusual presence during the ascent.
‘‘I was in front of Stephy but I had my head down,’’ Candice said.
‘‘I was focusing on getting up because it’s a really hard track to run. It was really bizarre because as we were going up,  I heard this weird rustling noise coming from the bush.
‘‘It wasn’t like a lizard or a possum. It sounded like something big.
‘‘At the same time as I heard the noise,  I also felt that something was there.
‘‘All this happened in a split second but it felt like forever to me.
‘‘As I went: ‘Oh I’ve heard something, oh my God, there’s something there’, Stephy screamed, ‘run’, and I turned around and ran for my life.’’
When they got to the bottom of the track, the sisters took stock of what had happened.
‘‘Stephy was as white as a ghost,’’ Candice said.
‘‘She was sweating. She was beside herself and so was I, even though I didn’t see the animal.
 ‘‘It was so scary.’’


Big cat researcher believes they are out there

BIG cat researcher Simon Townsend is confident huge felines could still be roaming south-west Victoria.
“I have no reason to think there isn’t big cat activity still in south-east South Australia or along the south-west Victorian coastline,” the Geelong district resident said yesterday.
Although the last report on his Big Cats Victoria website was in 2009 when someone posted a message they had seen a large black cat with a long tail at Bessiebelle, he believes there are others still roaming.
Other sightings in the past decade have come from Princetown, Winchelsea and the Otways.
“I’ve travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres around western Victoria in the past to investigate reports and am continuing the research,” Mr Townsend said.
“My theory is we are dealing with a melanistic (black) leopard which always produced black offspring.
“There could be lots of stuff out there.
“These leopards would measure two feet wide at the shoulder, have a head like a footy, large eyes and weigh at least 80 kilograms.
“I’ve heard a number of reports of people being frightened by a large black cat peering through their window. Prior to the Second World War there were no restrictions of importation of foreign animals.”
The Standard’s renewed interest in the legend was sparked by a conversation with long-time Yambuk resident John Leddin, who recalled seeing one in the early 1960s in a back  paddock on his farm.
“I recall it was a cold winter’s day when a large cat with a long tail jumped out from near the cypress trees,” he said. “It was like a puma, dark in colour.
“You’d reckon it was a tiger, it was that big.
“I can remember it running across the paddocks in big leaps.”
Mr Leddin said he mentioned it to a neighbour who immediately replied saying he too had seen a large cat in his hay shed.
Rob Whitehead, of Port Fairy, also recalled evidence of a large cat in 1991 while he was walking along the beach near Yambuk picking up driftwood.
“I saw fresh paw prints in the sand — the size of a lion or bigger,” he said.
“Beside it were small cub prints. It was a bit unnerving knowing there could be two sets of eyes watching me from the sand dunes.
“I have been told big cats could have travelled from the Grampians to the coast.”
Mr Townsend said it would not be unusual for the big cats to seek refuge in haystacks where they could be relatively undisturbed. His website is bigcatsvic.com.au



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