Big Cats Victoria

Seeking The Proof

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Not a panther track as suspected by the finder. This is the spoor left by a macropod, probably a wallaby from the greater Geelong region 10/06/2010.

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Bambra, 2005. View of a predated adult female eastern grey kangaroo found by Simon Townsend in State Forest. Her head, left fore limb, shoulder and ribs as well as the heart, lungs and liver were consumed. The carcase was so fresh that, though found at dawn.

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Red Hill, 06/07/08. Ewe killed and partially eaten. Unusually, gut contents have been spilled and a portion carried away.

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North Eastern Victoria, 24/05/04. Adult Black Wallaby after remains were removed from where they had been buried in vegetation after being fed upon.

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Modewarre, Winter 2007, a typically predated adult sheep, killed by neck and head trauma, then its heart, lungs and liver consumed. The gut had been removed some distance from the carcase

Big Cats Victoria

Panthers, and other predators
including Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger)

Southern Australia, including south western West Australia, has a history of reports of ‘panther’ like predators dating back to the later half of the 19th century.  The animals were usually described as being of black or tan colouration and with the proportions of a medium sized big-cat such as a Leopard or Puma.  The records can be found in newspaper, radio and television archives, Government reports, a very few books and on the internet.  The historical material is based on anecdotal reportage and has contributed to the mythification of the subject.

Some Government agencies at both State and Local levels (in New South Wales), have collected records of sightings or investigated stock deaths purported to be associated with so called ‘panther’ kills.  They remain understandably non committal due to the lack of a specimen of such a predator of undeniable authenticity.  While other types of unknown predator have been reported in various parts of Australia they are not the concern of this website.

For purposes of economy we, John Turner and Simon Townsend, confine our investigations to western Victoria and south eastern South Australia.

Hear the KIIS-FM radio interview with Simon Townsend

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BIGCATS VICTORIA would like to acknowledge the generous support that FORD Australia, in relation to the new FORD PUMA, has given us for our ongoing search for evidence of big cats in Victoria.

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