|Wikipedia - Patrick Giraud|
Residents in the rural hamlets of Sea Lake and Nandaly are on alert after a local farmer claimed to have spotted (excuse the pun) a leopard on his property.
Sea Lake farmer Nic Harrison told The Guardian of his "frightening" Australian big cat experience which occured while he was spraying crops.
"I was spraying at the time on my first lap around the paddock, so I was concentrating on not hitting the fence and this huge cat just appeared," he said.
"It was actually hanging around the rabbit warren and then as soon as it saw the tractor it sort of slunk down to the ground and ran."
Mr Harrison claimed the cat disappeared into dense bushland adjacent to his property after he startled the animal.
He said he spotted the animal in broad daylight, about 2pm, at a distance of 20 to 30 metres.
Mr Harrison believed what he saw may have been a spotted leopard. He said there was no chance it could have been a regular feral cat, or fox.
"I've never seen one like it. It had spots like a leopard and it had a huge long tail. Its tail was as long as its body. I've never seen anything like it.
"As soon as I saw it I thought: 'This is too big not to say anything and not worry about."