Black Panther or Big Feral cat in Blue Mtns NSW

To: Vella <>
Subject: Black Panther or Big Feral cat in Blue Mtns NSW
From: allan benson <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 09:52:30 -0700
Vella wrote:
> Birders visiting the Blue Mountains beware!
> Over the past few weeks there has been a fair bit of news of a panther
> or big feral cat on the loose around the lower Blue Mountains (between
> Springwood and Penrith). One can imagine what damage this big
> thing can or has done to our wildlife including our birds (let alone
> possibly humans if it is a panther). Just to share something of my own
> experience, whilst birding around Doonside (in western Sydney), I was
> surprised to see 2 very large black feral cats chasing each other in
> front of me. These 2 were about twice the size of a normal feral cat.
> Has any body had similar experiences?
> Edwin

John Reidy, Robin Benson and myself were at Round Hill (in central NSW
west of Condobolion) about 10 years ago. We were parked on the road
beside the old wheat field(for those who are familar with the area) when
we spotted this creature walking towards us down the road about 300-400
metres away. My first impression was it was a dingo and my second
impression (through the binoculars) was it was a lamb. As it got a bit
closer it was this huge cat. We were stunned by its size.  

What made it look like a dingo/lamb was that its legs were
disportionately long- maybe 30-35 cms in length. It was a tabby/non
descript colour. If it was black it would be really easy to imagine
people seeing a panther particularly at night.

Tales of panthers etc are not new. I remember from the 60's the
so-called "Tarana Tiger" was attacking livestock in the Oberon area in


Allan Benson
8 Sherston Close Niagara Park NSW Australia 
Phone  61-243- 627189

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