Extinct creature sightings are piling up in Australia

[No thanks to Man.]

By Mike Wehner

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/03/extinct-creature-sightings-are-piling-up-in-australia.html

File photo - Don Colgan, Head of the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the Australian Museum, speaks under a model of a Tasmanian Tiger at a media conference in Sydney as seen in this May 4, 2000 file photo regarding the quality DNA extracted from the heart, liver, muscle and bone marrow tissue samples of a 134 year-old Tiger specimen (R) preserved in alcohol. The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in 1936 after it was hunted down and wiped out in only 100 years of human settlement. (Reuters)

File photo – Don Colgan, Head of the Evolutionary Biology Unit at the Australian Museum, speaks under a model of a Tasmanian Tiger at a media conference in Sydney as seen in this May 4, 2000 file photo regarding the quality DNA extracted from the heart, liver, muscle and bone marrow tissue samples of a 134 year-old Tiger specimen (R) preserved in alcohol. The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in 1936 after it was hunted down and wiped out in only 100 years of human settlement. (Reuters)

Multiple reports of Tasmanian Tiger sightings are starting to flow in from everyday citizens in Australia. Several people have recently claimed they’ve spotted the animal, which isn’t a tiger at all — and, despite looking very much like a species of dog, isn’t of canine lineage either — but a carnivorous marsupial. Spotting an interesting creature in Australia isn’t exactly a rare occurrence, but there’s one problem with these reports in particular: the Tasmanian Tiger is supposed to be extinct.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger was captured in its native Australia in 1933 and lived for a few years in a zoo before dying, and its death has long been thought to be the final nail in the species’ coffin. Australians have occasionally claimed to have spotted the dog-like animals over the years, but the sightings were typically rare and attributed to nothing more than misidentification. That’s all changed now, as several “plausible sightings” are beginning to give life to the theory that the animal never actually went extinct at all.

Now, scientists in Queensland, Australia, are taking action in the hopes of actually finding evidence that the Tiger is still around. If confirmed, it would be an absolutely monumental discovery, considering the animal’s history. The team plans to set up cameras in areas where reported sightings have taken place in the hopes of confirming the claims.

In the late 1800s there were actually bounties on Tasmanian Tigers in Australia, and the creatures were hunted to the brink of extinction before any action was taken. By that point, the species was thought to be doomed, and when the last captive animal died it was assumed that was the end of the road. Now, it appears that might not be the case after all.

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8 thoughts on “Extinct creature sightings are piling up in Australia

  1. There was an Australian mouse that went extinct within the last year too that I only read about recently, and with all the human-centric din, I don’t think much was heard about it. Beware the comment section, about who deserves to live on this planet and who doesn’t. How they can narrow it down to climate change only is a mystery:

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2016/jun/29/bramble-cay-melomys-australia-extinction-climate-change-great-barrier-reef

  2. Grrrrr….I hate reading about these things, because there are a number of useless sacks who ought to be extinct, and not these poor creatures. More of the Homo stupidus variety. 😦

  3. Say what you want about Native American hunting – but that Tasmanian tiger extinction is directly linked to European settlers. I think settlers from Europe took things to an entirely new level wherever they brought ill-fortune. I don’t believe for a minute that there are any survivors without proof – it is just human wishful, magical thinking.

    • The tasmanian tiger was killed off because of, yep, livestock producers not only jumping at shadows but literally fabricating evidence to support extermination. There are staged photos of a taxidermied thylacine with chicken in his/her mouth.

  4. We will never overcome nature and natural systems, they will overcome us for we are a misfit within the system.

  5. The worst thing about that poor mouse was that it took so long for anyone to do anything about it – we’re creating a domino effect (apparently to help this mouse, it would have affected another endangered creature’s habitat or something, which I don’t buy). They weren’t ‘devastated’ enough by the prospect, apparently. More than climate change, I think that was the biggest factor. Just throw up another wind or solar farm, that’ll fix things.

    Here in this country, we haven’t listed the wolverine, who will be affected by loss of snow from climate change (although in this instance, they aren’t as sure about climate change, oddly enough), sage grouse have not been listed (and probably won’t be), and grizzlies are coming off the Endangered species list too soon because of public pressure.

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