Sunday, July 18, 2010

Big cats on the prowl? Maryborough Advertiser, July 14, 2010

Big cats on the prowl?

By Margaret Harrison • Jul 14th, 2010

020710 78

A book written about one of Australia’s greatest mysteries — are there big cats roaming around the Australian bush? — has been written by Michael Williams and Rebecca Lang.

Michael dropped into the Advertiser office recently with the newly published book, AUSTRALIAN BIG CATS An Unnatural History of PANTHERS.

The authors say they hope the book will act as a catalyst for serious research into mystery animal sightings with a view to re-discovering out-of-place, rare and extinct species — and laying to rest some urban legends along the way.

Michael has visited the Maryborough area three or four times to carry out research.

“It’s a mystery,” Michael said.

“The more you learn, the more confusing it becomes.”

Sightings of large cat-like animals have been reported from many parts of Australia over the last decades, described as being like pumas, jaguars or leopards in appearance and size.

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