Friday, 31 March 2017

The search for the Hunter Valley Prowler

                        Image via Panther may be no urban myth, says Premier- The Sydney Morning Herald

It is no secret that for a long time there have been mysterious Panther sightings around the Sydney region, Northern Victoria, Blue Mountains/Lithgow region, Grampians, Gippsland.
But there are also lots in the Hunter Valley region including such areas as Barnsley, Morriset, Wyee, Watagans National Park, Medowie and in more rural areas including Stroud and other nearby areas.
                                                    Photo via David Stewart of the Lakes Mail newspaper
                                                    Article: Is this proof of a Wyee Panther?-
I casted this odd print in Wyee a suburb in Lake Macquire in January, 2016 while with my father, I decided to scout this area after it had heavily rained the day before still leaving a muddy trail, I always try and bring plaster with me and I thought that it would be good to scout this area after it had been raining to check for prints and then I came across this print as well as 4 canine prints.
I have had this print looked at by an animal behaviouralist now currently a member of the Australian Cryptozoology Research Organisation- A.C.R.O. (Become a researcher for the A.C.R.O) the article can be found here Possible panther sighting in the Medowie State Conservation Area.

The complete report from Jen Lanci.

A.C.R.O Investigation One - Saturday 9th July 2016- 11.46am 
Introduction- Jen Lanci read a sighting reported in the Port Stephens Examiner newspaper. Local man Andrew Lewer was leaving relatives house late at night December 25th 2015. He was travelling along Ringwood roadFerodale, NSW, Australia, when he saw a large animal in his headlights that had stepped out onto the road in front of him approx 100meters away. He stopped and observed the animal for a few seconds before it moved back into the bushland. He describes the animal as
Height: 2.5-3 feet high/76cm-91cm (Jaguar height 63cm-76cm, Leopard 45cm/80cm at the shoulder) 
Weight: estimated at 50 to 60 kilos (Jaguar weight 56kg-96kg, leopard 23kg-31kg)
Eyes: green eye shine visible 
Coat: colour black.
Possible species given description could be the black Jaguar if a cat or a black dog
Dog breeds fitting above description are: Large crossbreedpossibly black ‘Bull Arab’ type. Great Dane males only reach 80cm at shoulder. Confirmed by Louise Hickey well known dog breed judge
Conclusion on report given: inconclusive. Investigation of area required.

Investigators are: Jen Lanci, ****** ****, *** *******

*Conservation biologist Terry Domico has also taken some interest in this area and sighting. We are yet to speak with or read any reports from Terry.Aim: To prove habitable environment for Alien Big Cats in bushland at Ringwood road Ferodal, NSW, Australia
Method:  using the generalised rule of 3 
1. Food:  looking for evidence of sustainable prey food sources that a big cat would be able to hunt/survive off. This land has Morisset golf course to the north known to have a decent mob of kangaroos residing there. Farm lands with assorted live stock to the east and west. 
Small mammals, mice, aquatic species, birds, livestock.

2. Water source. The area is abundant in fresh water sources. According to Google maps Cobra creek runs through the south end and many smaller creek arms run off a large dam to the east feeding the middle and northern ends of the land.

3. Habitatlots of dense scrub and large wooded areas. Wet lands surround the dam area also.

Initial analyse of area.
Weather: sunny brief periods of cloud cover. 
Temperature: Top of 18deg C. 
Notes: Ground wet from rain for the previous 2 days. Perfect for finding animals tracks. Fire had swept through an area close by 5 months previously in February. Area being surveyed remained untouched by fire. Area surveyed under Hunter Water Corp protection but not fenced to prevent animals moving through area. 

1a. Food 
Evidence of macropods found via footprints left in mud on tracks. Evidence of other animals found:
Owl pellet containing small rodent skeleton and small bird bones. 
Small paw prints look to be possum. 
Plenty of bird wildlife in and around dam. 
Dam reported to be stocked with large fish types such as bass and eel fin catfish.
Rumoured to have feral goats too, but no evidence found of this.

1b. Water is readily accessible from Grahamstown dam (Hunter Water Corp) also smaller farm dams neighbouring this area.
1c. Shelter would be no issue as this area holds a few small rocky outcrops that could contain small suitable caves. Also appears to be a fair few fallen trees that have hollowed out somewhat.
Further evidence found.
Large animal print found along a disused track near a water puddle. Print had 4 large toes and 1 large rear pad, all toes appeared rounded with no obvious claw marks. Substrate was mud over rock and not deep enough to cast. Photos and video taken of print for records. 
Final summary- 
It is possible for a large cat to remain hidden in the dense foliage, plenty of suitable prey species and water available. 
History of reported sightings with no known definitive,irrefutable evidence found or collected. 

Conclusion on whole investigation: Inconclusive but possible with small amount of evidence collected.
GPS co-ordinates                   Paw Print                                                                  Satellite image of area

I had also received other reports and in the Watagans Montains ranges.

a guy clamed that back in the 1980's him and he's wife were driving up to the Hunter Lookout in the Watagans. when a Panther walked across the path in front of them. he said it was as big as Border Colly's but it looked just like a Panther.

And another sighting from the Watagans Mountains
The Watagans Mountains are just north of Newcastle and in the Lake Macquire region of New South Wales known for it's Yowie and Panther sightings. Here is this new report. This eyewitness was riding his trail bike in the Watagans one day when he then saw what appeared to be a Black Panther cross a fire trail. He then says that the fire trail was about 8 feet wide and this creature was about 3 feet down from it's shoulders and the sun was bouncing of the creatures jet black fur giving it a blue tinge. He then after seeing this creature went back home and told his family what had happened.

And this next report is also from Barnsley also in the Lake Macquire area.
The eyewitness was driving near the football fields in Barnsley just after Australia Day 2016 at around 1 in the morning,
when he saw a Black Panther like creature cross the road in front of him.

If you or someone you know has had an encounter with an Australian Panther or another unknown Cryptozoological creature please contact us.
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