The tale of a mountain lion at Lake Macquarie in 1980 A marsupial lion.
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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappA Lake Macquarie woman has revealed she once saw a mountain lion at Jewells Wetland.
Following our recent stories about black panthers, Judith told us her story by email.
“Australia doesn’t just have black cats, it has lions as well,” Judith said.
“I can vouch for this. I saw one at Jewells Wetlands in 1980. People say ‘it must have been a feral cat’.
“But definitely not. It moved like a lion, not a tabby. And I have seen a huge feral cat in almost the same place.
“This animal was bigger than a feral cat. It was a light colour, either fawn or cream. It was dusk so you couldn’t tell. It probably looked like a puma, but was smaller, perhaps only half the size.
“It was slimmer thana big cat.”
We’d reported previously that researcher Rex Gilroy believed some panther sightings were marsupial cats.
“I believe that it was a marsupial cat. Since then, I have talked to many people who have also seen a big cat ortracks of a big cat from here to Albany in Western Australia.
“I read an article once in which Aboriginals said there has always been cats in Australia.”
She’d heard a story about baby panther cubs playing near Blackbutt.
“I also heard that someone’s uncle used to talk about the lion in Blackbutt,” she said.
“There are pictures and reports on the internet of lions in Australia.”
Vaughan King, founder of the Australian Big Cat Research Group, doesn’t think they’re large marsupial cats.
But he believes the big cat species in Australia are the leopard, jaguar and mountain lion.