Queensland woman claims a black panther stalked her and attacked her dog in Jensen, near Townsville

A Queensland mother has claimed a black panther stalked her and attacked her dog, and that she is scared for her children’s safety.

The woman said a big cat attacked her dog for the second time in August last year near her home in Jensen, 20 minutes west of Townsville.

The North Queenslander said it was the third time she had seen a fabled black panther, the first being ten years ago when she claimed to see one carrying a baby panther in its mouth.

A Queensland mother has claimed a black panther stalked her and attacked her dog. She said she is now scared for her children's safety. Pictured: A black panther

A Queensland mother has claimed a black panther stalked her and attacked her dog. She said she is now scared for her children’s safety. Pictured: A black panther

A woman claimed a big cat attacked her dog twice in June and August last year near her home in Jensen, 20 minutes from Townsville. Pictured: A large black cat photographed in rural Queensland by a backpacker in 2014

A woman claimed a big cat attacked her dog twice in June and August last year near her home in Jensen, 20 minutes from Townsville. Pictured: A large black cat photographed in rural Queensland by a backpacker in 2014

The North Queenslander said it was the third time she had seen a fabled panther, the first being ten years ago when one was carrying a baby panther in its mouth. Pictured: A black feline spotted in rural Queensland in 2014

The North Queenslander said it was the third time she had seen a fabled panther, the first being ten years ago when one was carrying a baby panther in its mouth. Pictured: A black feline spotted in rural Queensland in 2014 

‘It was bigger than a dog, up above my knee. It was a panther, dead set,’ the woman told the Cairns Post after the first alleged sighting. 

She said she spotted a panther for the second time in June 2020, and a third time at midnight last August from her window.

‘My dog was running back towards the window. I looked out past my garden and saw the panther,’ she claimed. 

She said her husband heard animal panting sounds and went to look for the panther but could not see anything. 

The woman claimed her dog had a leg wound the next day, that she believed the panther stalked her family and she was worried for her children.

‘I’ve got children. I know we won’t see them in the day but it just makes me more wary,’ she said. 

Some people believe big cats escaped zoos in the 1800s or were brought to Australia by American World War II soldiers in the 1940s as mascots. Pictured: Circus worker Herr Pagel about to tackle a lion at Wirth's Circus in Brisbane, 1903

Some people believe big cats escaped zoos in the 1800s or were brought to Australia by American World War II soldiers in the 1940s as mascots. Pictured: Circus worker Herr Pagel about to tackle a lion at Wirth’s Circus in Brisbane, 1903

There have long been rumours of black panthers, an animal group that includes leopards and jaguars, roaming around Australia, but none have been caught.

Believers say the big cats escaped zoos in the 1800s or were brought to Australia by World War II American soldiers in the 1940s as mascots.

An investigation by the NSW government in 2003 said ‘there is no conclusive evidence that large cats exist in the wild in NSW,’ and the cats were likely part of a feral colony. 

A Victorian government report concluded it was ‘highly unlikely’ that big cats existed in that state in the wild.

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