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Large paw print stirs panther debate


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"Giant paw prints discovered by Blue Mountains Explore have reignited the long-standing debate over the mystery Blue Mountains panther. "

Video report at 9news Australia: https://www.9news.com.au/videos/blue-mountains-panther-giant-paw-prints-dicovered/ck76vio97000q0hp2saw7d9ew

One line Wiki entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Mountains_panther

UK Mail report: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8011093/Paw-print-Blue-Mountains-sparks-fears-huge-PANTHER-prowl.html

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2 hours ago, Eldorado said:

"Giant paw prints discovered by Blue Mountains Explore have reignited the long-standing debate over the mystery Blue Mountains panther. "

Video report at 9news Australia: https://www.9news.com.au/videos/blue-mountains-panther-giant-paw-prints-dicovered/ck76vio97000q0hp2saw7d9ew

One line Wiki entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Mountains_panther

UK Mail report: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8011093/Paw-print-Blue-Mountains-sparks-fears-huge-PANTHER-prowl.html

That's a pretty big paw print hope someone sets up a trail camera in that area.

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But a loose big cat is still possible, we got one in Quebec that have been shot by a hunter. I was a zoo escapee Siberian tiger. Nobody was searching it 430 km far from the zoo 20 days after it escaped, but a deer hunter saw it and killed it.

 

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I've never understood the fuss over "alien big cats." There's enough evidence to suggest that plenty of exotic animals were turned loose in plenty of places they're not native to. There's nothing mysterious or paranormal about it. 

That being said, most people are complete numpties and end up contacting their local newspapers and paranormal groups because they've just spotted Rita's housecat from next door. 

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I was just waiting for someone to mention the fact that the guy's name is Kobe Bryant.

On a more serious note though, it'd be absolutely astounding if they found out that it was actually something akin to Thylacoleo Carnifex that made these prints. Realistically though they're bound to have a much more mundane origin.

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Here’s my ‘big cat’ sighting from a few years ago in Wilson’s Promontory (Most likely a large feral cat, although it seemed to move like a big cat):

 

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Edit: The image compression is a bit janky, but there’s not much more detail in the raw image. 

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I was wondering if it was maybe an emu track. But I think kangaroo is a much better match. Or, rather maybe a wallaby, based on size.

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8 minutes ago, DieChecker said:

I was wondering if it was maybe an emu track. But I think kangaroo is a much better match. Or, rather maybe a wallaby, based on size.

Yes it just looks like a wallaby hopping footprint. 
Two feet making the print close together. 

https://rossmannellcomments.edublogs.org/2013/05/03/tracking-australian-animals/

 

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8 hours ago, Timothy said:

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Good capture Tim,looks like a big feral as you say.The huge feral cats always seem to be black ones in Oz.

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On 3/2/2020 at 7:45 PM, openozy said:

Good capture Tim,looks like a big feral as you say.The huge feral cats always seem to be black ones in Oz.

Yeah the majority I’ve seen in more remote areas have been black, or quite dark. 
And without any real predators, they have free reign.
This one wouldn’t have had any issues with wedge tailed eagles or foxes either. 

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