Savage Shadow: The Hunt for the Australian Cougar

“A classic, timeless work back in print at last.”
Dr Karl Shuker, zoologist and author


Back in the late 1970s, journalist David O’Reilly stumbled across a mystery bigger than the state of Western Australia itself – wild cats the size of dogs attacking farm livestock!

These cats resembled North American mountain lions – also know as pumas, cougars or catamounts – and terrorised the district of Cordering with their presence.

David wrote a series of newspaper articles about the attacks, and sightings of the large cats, in The Australian newspaper. What followed was a bizarre sequence of events that would alienate farmers, generate a government inquiry and draw claims of a conspiracy to keep the truth silent.

A couple of years after the strange events David put it all together in a book – this book, Savage Shadow: The Search for the Australian Cougar – which would go on to gain status as an Australian cult classic.

With few copies available and the story highly sought after even today, a decision was made in conjunction with the O’Reilly family to re-print the book via Strange Nation Publishing. I reformatted the book and co-wrote the new foreword, bringing a forgotten classic back to life.

So what was really going on in Cordering in the late 1970s? You’ll have to read it to believe it.

Buy the book here.


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