Gang Of Feral Cats ‘The Size Of Dogs’ Terrorizes Australian Neighborhood


MOOROOKA: Feral cats “the size of dogs’’ have been terrorising Moorooka residents for more than a year, with one resident and her dog mauled just last week.

Residents of Lincoln St say they have been scratched, bitten, hissed at and intimidated several times by the cat pack.

They say they asked five times to have the cats removed, but were told by Brisbane City Council that they would have to set traps and remove the cats themselves.

But now the council is taking steps to have the cats rounded up.

A spokesperson said the cats had an owner who was surrendering some of them to council shelters for rehoming. Residents maintain however that some of the cats are wild.

Part-time carer Marlene Jans was taking her five-month-old fox terrier for a walk last Monday when two of the huge felines attacked the pair.

“I was crossing the road, it was dark and I couldn’t see them,’’ Ms Jans said.

“Then, bam, one came at my dog, one came at me.

“One was biting my leg. I went for my dog because she was screaming.

“I had to kick them away. I was really scared and I was dripping blood.’‘

Her wound later became infected and she is now terrified to venture out at night.

Resident Kenneth Belsham said the cats had wandered through his yard and onto his porch, and they caused hygiene problems.

“They’ve created quite a stink, they pee everywhere and they smell,’’ he said.

“I’ve seen at least eight. They shouldn’t be here, they’re feral. The big ones will have a go at you.’‘

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the council had a responsibility to detain dangerous animals.

“In a suburb you often get large numbers of cats that grew up together and they go to where people feed them.’’

He said it was now the breeding season for cats.

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Australia’s new feral mega-cats

A few bits of circumstantial evidence suggest to some that feral cats in Australia are now reaching enormous sizes, equivalent to that of a small leopard. This sounds incredible: how does the evidence hold up?

Tetrapod Zoology exists in a delicate balance. On the one hand I want to try and maintain some sort of credibility as a trained scientist, but on the other hand there is a strong incentive to write about the fantastic, the incredible, and the bizarre, simply because this is what generates the hits. More people will read a post about Godzilla or sasquatch than about tree frogs or small brown passerines, for example. Like, 15,000 more people. It is partly with this in mind that I have felt the urge to write the long-promised post on the giant Australian feral cats (go here to see a previous hint that this subject would be covered one day). As usual with fringe-type subjects, I know that this is something that will generate extreme scepticism in most readers – and rightly so given that this idea is perhaps hard to swallow – but, as usual with these things, having learnt about the details I think that there is some really interesting stuff here. Regular readers will know that I always try and self-justify my occasional forays into cryptozoology and associated topics in this way, mostly out of a massive amount of paranoia. Anyway, to business.

Wherever it is in the world that you live, you’ve probably heard tales and reports of mysterious big cats that wander about the countryside and, generally, go unphotographed and uncaught. Here in Britain people regularly report big ‘black panthers’, tan-coloured ‘pumas’, bob-tailed ‘lynxes’ and an assortment of smaller spotted and striped cats that variously recall Leopard cats Prionailurus bengalensis and Jungle cats Felis chaus. These animals are known as ABCs or Alien Big Cats.

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