Although big cat sightings across NSW date back more than 100 years, speculation intensified in May 2001 when a successful Freedom of Information request revealed the NSW Government had been maintaining a secret file on the creature.
It also revealed wildlife hierarchy were so concerned about the potential threat to humans that they commissioned big cat expert Dr Johannes Bauer to evaluate what had previously been deemed unthinkable.
He concluded: "Difficult as it seems to accept, the most likely explanation of the evidence . . . is the presence of a large feline predator."Big cats not a tall tale, Sun Herald
Yeah, that'd be more impressive if it was from the SMH rather than the Sun Herald, but kewl nonetheless. We've got an article on that in an old Severed Head, or similar 'zine, I seem to recall.