Big Black Cats

BigblackcatWHERE does one start on the subject of big black cats or Black Panthers? There have been hundreds, if not thousands of sightings across all parts of Gippsland and yet the State Government in 2012 decided after an investigation which sought no independent evidence,  that the creatures simply do not exist. Of course, it has long been pointed out that all big cats are protected worldwide and if we prove they exist in Australia, millions of dollars will have to be spent on protecting the animals.

I once spoke on public relations to a meeting in Maffra of various government agencies including the Lands Department, Forest Commission and Department of Agriculture. They wanted to learn skills to enable their press releases to get a better run in the media than they were getting. At one stage I suggested that as well as sending out all the releases on mundane matters they should also build rapport with the media by passing on information whenever their staff reported seeing big black cats. The mood in the room changed instantly. People looked down at their notepads, shuffled their feet and generally pretended they had not heard the comment. I had drawn attention to the elephant in the room, the subject that none of them wanted to talk about. Some years later I was talking with one of the gentlemen present at the Maffra meeting. He was recently retired, so I asked him how many of his staff would have seen big black cats during the course of their work in forests. Without hesitation, he replied that if they had worked in the forests for 10 years, every one of them would have seen a big black cat at least once.

I’ll put my hand up on this one and say that after receiving dozens of creditable reports over the years, I truly believe that they exist in the Gippsland bush.  I believe there are too many reports, spread over such large parts of Australia, for the cats to be descendants of escaped circus animals or released into the bush by US serviceman after World War 2.  Many theorise that the animals existed before white settlement of Australia, perhaps descendants of hunting leopards used by the Chinese, Egyptians, Phoenicians or someone else. Other believe they may be marsupials but I doubt that too. Others say they are feral cats but that if ludicrous because people are talking about cats 1.2m to 1.5m long with a tail of similar length. In my experience with feral cats, after a generation or two in the bush eating feathers and fur instead of canned food, they almost always revert to tabby, not black. I have shot some rather large feral cats and while I have seen some which would be twice the size or the household moggy, they are still only half the size of the animals frequently reported and would never be capable of killing a sheep.

I really have no plausible explanation, nor have I ever seen one, but I still believe.  

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