Tiger Quoll Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 8th, 2012

In Victoria, Australia, some one forgetting to put out their trash cans has resulted in the first confirmed sighting of a critically endangered marsupial in over a decade. The Otway Ranges are a known habitat of the carnivorous marsupial the Tiger Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), but for the past ten years no one’s been able to confirm if it was still alive in the wild. (The Great Otway National Park is a national park in Victoria, Australia, 162 km southwest of Melbourne.)

Here the interview about the sighting and the “roar” of the Tiger Quoll on Radio Australia, here.

Tiger Quoll Distribution: Dasyurus maculatus gracilis (yellow, NE) and Dasyurus maculatus maculatus (red, SE).

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.

6 Responses to “Tiger Quoll Sighting”

  1. davidk responds:

    This is *awesome* news, Loren!!

    It still seems crazy to me that these creatures, amongst others, could benefit greatly from captive breeding programs yet the environmentalist (and their numbers is government wildlife management dept’s) movement has steadfastly refused to even consider it.

  2. David-Australia responds:

    “It still seems crazy to me that these creatures, amongst others, could benefit greatly from captive breeding programs yet the environmentalist (and their numbers is government wildlife management dept?s) movement has steadfastly refused to even consider it.”

    Not necessarily questioning this, but can I have a list of your references please?

  3. Hapa responds:

    Tiger Quoll. Interesting. Looks and sounds like it is closely related to the Tasmanian Devil. Hate to get one riled up.

    In this case, no physical type specimen is needed: camera traps out the wazoo in the regions where the Tiger Quoll is said to roam should do the trick in getting major academic and Government recognition. Plus the species is obviously almost extinct, and perhaps now is coming back from the brink, albeit slowly.

  4. corrick responds:

    Not that I know much about Tiger Quolls, but some species of animals do not breed in captivity. Among mammals, the thylacine was a good example and there are countless species of birds like the passenger pigeon and carolina parakeet.

  5. Lyall M responds:

    Hello Corrick in the past that may have been a problem but today they can artificially intimidate oops I mean inseminate if they have a male and female of the species in working order.

    David-Australia in the US we have the crazy case of the Spotted Owl. Back in the 80s there was a big uproar about them dying out which led to what I think was called the 1990 Endangered Species Act. So what happened is that areas that were previously engaged in logging were shut down and man moved out. So in the last 25 years the Spotted Owl population has decreased another 40% and now the government geniuses are going to kill off Barred Owls as the new enemy. It makes no sense. In California there is a breeding program for the California Condor that has worked out fairly well that started in 1985 about the same time that Spotted Owl became a cause.

  6. davidk responds:


    Should have made it clearer, I’m referring to private (as in wildlife scheduled lic private) and not those programs conducted by zoos and fauna parks. See, for example, http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/103510/Taxa_-_Basic.pdf

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