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
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.