Big cat sightings reported across Hills
MYSTERIOUS sightings of large black cats prowling the Perth Hills have re-surfaced after a resident claimed to have seen one of the elusive beasts earlier this month.
Lisa Speyer said she was picking up her son when she saw the big black cat in Chidlow.
“I’m not talking about a domestic size cat, I’m talking about panther size,” she said.
“It moved differently to a dog, was crouched like a cat and had distinctive eyes.
“In the 43 years I’ve lived in the Hills I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The sighting prompted a flood of residents to share their own glimpses of big cats in the region, including in Bedfordale and Jarrahdale.
Australian Big Cat Research Group founder Vaughan King has no doubts big cats were in the Hills. He said documented sightings pointed to a healthy, established population of cougars and panthers, and possibly black leopards, surviving and thriving in outer areas of Perth.
“The thick bush that covers the Hills would allow a population of big cats to live out its days relatively inconspicuously,” he said.
“It has the three main things a big cat needs to survive – prey, water and shelter.”
He said the big cats were likely descendants of escaped circus animals or US Navy mascots.
Big cat sightings can be reported to barefootermike@ gmail.com or www.bigcats. com.au
Naturalist Mike Griffiths believes there are big cats living the Hills.