TOURISTS have reported seeing a panther in the southern Otways’ Aire Valley at the weekend.
Apollo Bay police Leading Senior Constable Andrew Orchard said the visitors to the region were leaving Hopetoun Falls, travelling on Binns Track, about 6pm on Saturday.
Sen Const Orchard said the man told him he saw a panther crossing the road.
“He said it was definitely not a feral cat, it was jet black, really big, with really thick tail,” he said.
“It’s difficult to dispute what people see because they believe it was a panther; they were pretty convinced.
“I personally haven’t been fortunate enough to see one myself, but others say they have,” Sen Const Orchard said.
“We do have people come in infrequently and report seeing panthers.”
Meanwhile, offenders attempted to break into two Apollo Bay shops on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Sen Const Orchard said would-be thieves had tried to break into Apollo Bay’s Surf and Fish shop and High on Heels shoe shop and police were investigating.
“Someone’s attempted to get into the front of Surf and Fish, and caused an amount of damage,” he said.