A man claims he and his son have been stalked by the elusive black panther in Sydney’s far west suburb of Emu Plains.
Earlier this month, Greg Culley and his 13-year-old son Samuel were walking through dense bush land when they heard the rustle of bushes close by.
According to the Illawarra Mercury, the pair said they heard a loud ‘thud’ while walking at the Knapsack Reserve by Lapstone Creek.
A man claims he and his son have been stalked by the elusive black panther in Sydney’s far west suburb of Emu Plains
‘We thought it was a roo. But it was a large, shiny, black animal as big as a German Shepherd,’ Mr Culley said.
He said: ‘It was a big mass of black, flying at stealth mode along the ridge. Sammy saw the tail. It moved like a cat’.
This is the most recent sighting of the mysterious black panther.
In March, the panther was spotted near Pulpit Rock in Blackheath by a tourist from Perth.
Greg Culley: ‘We thought it was a roo. But it was a large, shiny, black animal as big as a German Shepherd’
Sam Maher said he felt something behind him and turned around to an ‘undeniable glimpse of the back of a large jet-black animal with a long tail’.
He said: ‘I feel a little bit funny. You read stories like this and you think this guy’s full of s*** but I have to stick by what my eyes saw.’
Before then, there were claims the black panther was lurking in bush land around the south coast suburb of Austinmer.
Last year, former Wollongong Councillor Bede Crasnich offered five thousand dollars to the person who captured the black panther alive and unharmed
A father and his son were checking the surf when they spotted infamous creature on the side of the road.
The pair said they turned to each other and confirmed it was the black panther.
Last year, former Wollongong Councillor Bede Crasnich offered five thousand dollars to the person who captured the black panther alive and unharmed.
For decades there have been reports of big cat sightings in the Australian bush, with state governments across the country conducting reports into their existence
In November 2003 a NSW State Government inquiry found it is ‘more likely than not’ a colony of big cats was roaming around the NSW bush. But in 2013 after getting a large amounts of reports they opened up the inquiry again.
‘There is no conclusive evidence that large cats exist in the wild in NSW,’ the second report found, leaving the ‘panther phenomenon’ inconclusive.
Victoria also held its own investigation. In 2012 The Arthur Rylah Institute was tasked with investigating the existence of big cats.
They eventually called it off, citing a lack of hard evidence to verify if wild big cats wear actually roaming around the bush. The state government said their existence was highly unlikely.