Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Big cat possibly on prowl in Hills again (via Chad Arment)

GIANT paw prints found in the sand near caves in Marramarra National Park at Maroota have ignited speculation about the Kenthurst panther.


The photograph was taken by Simon Jones on his iPhone showing paw prints as big as his hand.

He and two friends were taken into the reserve by friend Adam Hickey to see some rock art when they came across the paw prints on October 10.

“It was sometime between 11am and 11.30am and wasn’t far from the entrance when we saw these big cat prints.

“There were quite a few prints there and they seemed to be following what looked like emu prints.”

Mr Jones, of Castle Hill, said they had gone to the park to show two Koori friends around.

“We got a bit of a shock.”

Mr Hickey said they followed the prints, which were on a sand track, for some of the way.

He said the prints were not far from the entrance to the park and near some caves.

Cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy said he was very interested in this latest giant paw print, especially the back three digits of the print.

“I believe this could possibly be a print of the big cat which has been sighted in Kenthurst over the years,” Mr Gilroy said.

“It is the season for them to be appearing as spring is the mating season for most animals.

“I have already received sightings in Wentworth Falls and the Blue Mountains.”

Blacktown big cat enthusiast Greg Foster said it was a good print.

“It is more like a print of the marsupial lion Rex and I have been following than the Asian panther-like feline,” Mr Foster said.

“From studying the photo I would say it is a large animal with a paw print of about 10cm to 13 cm and is definitely bigger then a cattle dog.”

http://hills-shire-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/big-cat-possibly-on-prowl-in-hills-again/


BEV JORDAN

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