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By: Keith

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:42:39 +0000

*Note* I am now no longer posting comments reporting on sightings on this page. Refer text above.

By: Rocky

Tue, 31 May 2011 08:07:10 +0000

Hi People It was 14-05-2011, 4.30pm near Mossgill, NSW. I too have seen a big cat, Panther I think. I wasn't close enough to see the eyes and face. The boys and I were just driving back to camp on a track on a property we were hunting feral pigs and foxes on when about 100 meters away I saw something black swiftly move behind some lignum, I stopped the car pointing "what’s that" thinking it was a pig. All I saw on first glance was something black moving behind some lignum. Then when it came out into the clearing between lignum scrubs, my jaw dropped. All I could feel was my heart thumping and my brain for those few seconds went into photography mode while trying to analyse what it was. It was about 2.5 to 3 foot high and wider than my land cruiser including the tail. The tail looked about 50mm thick and as long as the body. The cat moved straight and slick with the tail also dead straight out with no flick. When I told the rest of the boys at camp I expected to here "yeah right and what have you been smoking" instead they said, “well funny you say that because we found very big paw prints near the mud pools (about the size of our hand)”. At first they thought it was a very big dog but when they looked closer the toes go too far around to be a dog. And we have the photo of the paw prints. When we told the farmer he said something has been taking the hunters’ dogs, but he thought it was a big pig with no ears. I think now its best to hunt in pairs. I love this site, and I never thought there were so many sightings.

By: Col Mundey

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 04:29:33 +0000

After having a chat to my partner on my experience sighting the Black Panther some years ago, we decided to look up on the website to see if there been other's people reporting in this experience. I, too have seen this Cat, the year 1968, the place was South of Killarney, Qld called Mount Lesley, I was shooting after school one hot summer day, I was just walking along close to the Queensland/NSW border fenceline which is 6 ft high netted fencing. I was walking along when this black cat got up from resting under a shady tree, I was no more than 20 ft away from him, he stood up and looks at me, 2-3 seconds and then he did couple bounces then clear over the Border fence with ease ... and disappears into bush. I got a real good look at him, he would have been at least 6 ft long, 2.6 ft high with a long tail that poke up at end, large rounded face and jet black as anything with pointed ears. My thoughts that I feel they are not escaped panthers from America, I believe there are Australian Native Cats that very few people get to see. And yes I've spent nearly all my life in the Bush, and yes there have been some weird sounds from time to time but most of them can be explained.

By: Paul Czarnocki

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:43:15 +0000

Hi, Two days ago (Sunday 23/01/2011) at 9.05 -9.10 in the morning when I was running along the trail in the Olinda National Park close to the Arboretum and below the Olinda Golf Course in the Yarra Ranges National Park Victoria, I came across a big black animal like a Black Panther. The size of this animal was about 1.5m long with a long tail – altogether close to 2m – exactly the picture of Black Panther. The animal jumped across the road which is at this place about 2.5 - 3m wide in one jump and disappeared in the bushes towards the golf course. When it jumped I had it in full view from the distance no more than 30-40m. I reported this already to the Rhododendron Gardens’ ranger and to the Knox Police.

By: Keith

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:45:46 +0000

Mike - This sounds interesting. Please note that I have edited your comment down a little due to length - I trust that I have preserved sufficient detail. I would suggest that you make contact with ARFRA, as per details in the post above, to further discuss your plans. As you will see from the comments above, sightings of big cats seem to have come from a number of places outside Gippsland, as well. - Keith.

By: Mike Hodgens

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 09:55:48 +0000

My name is Mike Hodgens, and I am interested in speaking to people who have concrete information on big cats in Australia. The reason is that I am inviting the world's top big cat catcher/researcher who catches big cats in North and South America, especially jaguars and cougars, to come to Australia. The purpose will be to get proper evidence in the way of film, castings and perhaps a live animal. People in the Gippsland area in Victoria who can help with this research are invited to contact me by phone on 07 4774 1355 or 0420 869 814. In particular, I am interested in hearing from Elizabeth Balderstone and Neville Smart who have reported these animals some time ago. The plan is to get the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and a magazine interested in this project. It should make a great Australian story and settle once and for all the question of whether these animals still exist today in the Gippsland area. Anyone with credible experiences is asked to contact me so that an effective search for these cats with a world expert can be mounted. I am only interested in hearing from people who have genuine recent information which will help locate one of these cats and can assist in this research project. The intention is not to kill or injure, only to tranquilise, and carry out an inspection with photographs and release uninjured.

By: Alan

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:56:26 +0000

In 1989 I was shooting with a mate on my father property near the small town of Maude NSW. As we approached a channel, we noticed something black on the other side, thinking maybe a pig; we approached to get ourselves in a good position to shoot. As we looked over the bank, to our surprise, there was a very large black cat looking straight at us from about 15 meters away. There was no doubt in our mind that we were looking at a Panther. We made no attempt to shoot this animal as we were in a state of disbelief. After about 20sec the cat walked out of site into the lignum scrub, we did not follow as we did not know what it was capable of. When we arrived home we informed members of our family what we had seen, unfortunately nobody believed our story and that is where we left it. Whenever my mate and I get together we will bring it up and chat about it. It’s not something you will forget and you always know in yourself what you sure, especially when you have somebody with you who knows you were not seeing things.

By: Alli

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:03:45 +0000

On 13th August, 2010 we were travelling from Roma to Tambo and in the afternoon (near Augathella) we saw an animal crossing the road in front of our car. It was a large black cat, very long with a long tail straight out and flicked up at the end. It walked but hurried across the road and disappeared into the grass and bushes. We were shocked and it took a while to work out what it was because you don't expect to see any large cats around here, but it definitely wasn't a dog and it moved exactly like a cat.

By: Keith

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 06:41:19 +0000

Tim - I totally understand this - I also used to trap rabbits in the Colac area once, and saw feral cats. I can well believe that some people are confused by them, and that is certainly the line that Parks Victoria take as a first response to these sightings. However, the cat that we saw certainly seemed large even taking this into account.

By: Tim

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 02:56:47 +0000

Years ago I used to farm in the Otways outside of Colac. Our farm backed onto thousands of acres of forest. As a kid I used to trap rabbits. Often I would come across a feral cat trapped in my traps. These cats were usually huge, much much bigger than a domestic moggie, and well fed, shiny and full of muscle. Many of them were so strong they could pull the trap up. They were incredibly difficult to release because of their wild nature and bulk. For some reason may of them were black. But I also saw HUGE ginger ones. I could easily understand how people who haven't seen some of these healthy feral cats up close could mistake them for a panther.