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Of Tigers and Yowies

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 1st, 2012

The State Government says it’s likely big cats don’t exist – but Tasmanian Tigers may be roaming the hills.

A Monbulk group that investigates rare animals, believes Tasmanian Tigers – declared extinct last century – are alive and well and in the area.

The Australian Rare Fauna Research Association (ARFRA) is a voluntary organisation that records and investigates sightings of unusual animals.

ARFRA president Dorothy Williams said there have been sightings of Tasmanian Tigers (thylacine) in the area for many years, but with little publicity.

In modern times, the animals have been recorded as native to Tasmania, but scientists believe they were once widespread throughout mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“People have reported sightings of ‘strange foxes’ to us that we believe are thylacines,” Ms Williams said.

The 81-year-old has been involved with ARFRA since 1990 and is working on a book about the group’s work, based on the research of its late founder, Peter Chapple, who died in 1992.

She said the group urged anyone who had seen something that resembled a Tasmanian Tiger to contact them confidentially.

She said the group even had reported sightings of a yowie – a mythical Australian version of the yeti.

Members are needed to continue investigations, including night-time expeditions, into the tigers.Source

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.


3 Responses to “Of Tigers and Yowies”

  1. David-Australia responds:

    For those who may be wondering, Monbulk is located in the state of Victoria (i.e. mainland Australia), not “Tassie”, and is quite close to the capital Melbourne. I found http://www.arfra.org.

  2. Kjak75 responds:

    I think its pretty much a given that there are some tassy tigers in Australia, at least among the country folk.

    There was a rumor a few years back that one of the major logging company’s, of the time, was discreetly employing people to hunt and kill any tigers they could find.
    I don’t know how true those rumors were but i can say that if tigers had been identified and accepted by the government of the time, the logging company would have had a much harder time logging the old growth forests.

    I hope the tigers have a large enough population to bring themselves back form “extinction” but sadly i think it unlikely.

  3. marcodufour responds:

    I reported two sightings i had to a well known Yowie group,( I lived in Australia for 9 years and luckily was early retired so i could regularly search in the field, so to speak) i received the standard ` Thank you for your report, we will be in touch etc` over a year ago, yet i am still waiting.



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