Friday, November 18, 2011
A mystery straight from the heart of ‘Cougar Country’ - Cordering, WA
Back in the late 1970s, journalist David O’Reilly stumbled across a mystery bigger than the state of Western Australia itself - wild cats the size of dogs attacking farm livestock!
These cats resembled North American mountain lions - also know as pumas, cougars or catamounts - and terrorised the district of Cordering with their presence.
David wrote a series of newspaper articles about the attacks, and sightings of the large cats, in The Australian newspaper. What followed was a bizarre sequence of events that would alienate farmers, generate a government inquiry and draw claims of a conspiracy to keep the truth silent.
A couple of years after the strange events David put it all together in a book - this book - which would go on to gain status as an Australian cult classic.
With few copies available and the story highly sought after even today, a decision was made in conjunction with the O’Reilly family to re-print the book via Strange Nation Publishing.
What was really going on in Cordering in the late 1970s? You’ll have to read it to believe it.
Buy the book here.