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Big jungle cat on the prowl
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:50:22 PM »
'Big black jungle cat' on prowl
Nathan Hale   |  January 29th, 2013

THE elusive Otways big cat is back on the radar after a Melbourne tourist says he saw the beast yesterday.

Anthony Luppino said he was on a walking track near Erskine Falls, just outside Lorne, with a friend when he looked up and saw a big cat ahead.

"It was about 50 metres in front of us ... right in the middle of the path," he said.

"It looked like a big black jungle cat. It must have heard our footsteps, then it looked up and ran into the forest."

Numerous big cat sightings have been recorded over the years, including grainy video footage and fleeting descriptions from locals and visitors alike who have reported seeing the big cat.

Mr Luppino said he and his friend had no intention of investigating the sighting.

"We turned around and went straight back to where it was more populated.

"We saw its full length, it was in the middle of the track.

"We were shocked at first and we're really sure what we'd just seen, so we weren't that keen to go after it and have a look."

The sighting comes just months after the State Government commissioned an independent report into the existence of big cats in Victoria.

The report concluded there was a lack of hard evidence that a population of wild big cats existed in the state.

"No big cat has ever been detected in a formal wildlife survey, shot by a hunter or farmer or killed by a vehicle, and no skeletal remains have ever been found," Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said when releasing the findings last year.
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Re: Big jungle cat on the prowl
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 03:11:11 PM »
..but we all know the government lies .......nice find priestess


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Re: Big jungle cat on the prowl
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 12:37:22 AM »
Hi HP! Long time no see. Thanks for posting this.

I have seen a big cat around that area myself actually.
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