Yowie Kills Dog?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 21st, 2009

What kind of footprints are left by Yowies?

According to media in Australia, as of April 21, 2009, there are new accounts of Yowies on the loose in Darwin’s rural area.

A Territory Yowie researcher believes the Bigfoot-like beast could be responsible for the recent death of a dog south of Darwin.

The dog’s owners believed their seven-month-old puppy, which had its head ripped from its body, was mauled to death by dingoes.

But Andrew McGinn, who has been researching Yowies in the Top End for more than a decade, said it was possible the hairy ape-type beast was responsible for the attack.

“The way the guy’s dog was killed was typical of a Yowie,” he said.

“I know it sounds fanciful but over the past 100 years, dogs get killed or decapitated and people report feeling watched, having goats stolen or seeing some tall hairy thing in the days beforehand.”


In the late 1990s there were several reports of Yowie sightings around Acacia Hills.

In August 1997, mango farmer Katrina Tucker reported being just meters away from what she described as a hairy humanoid creature on her Acacia Hills property.

A photograph of a footprint taken on mango farmer Katrina Tucker’s Acacia Hills property in 1997

Photographs of the creature’s footprint were taken the next day and examined by the Northern Territory Museum, which concluded that Ms. Tucker had been hoaxed.

But Mr. McGinn said after speaking with Ms. Tucker he had no doubt her story was true.

“After I met this lady I found she was clearly terrified,” he said.

Carpenter Darryl Campbell reported seeing a similar creature near Adelaide River in 1998.

Mr. McGinn contacted the Northern Territory News after reading a report that Acacia Hills resident Alan Ferguson had spotted UFOs flying around his home.

He said the area seemed to be home to a lot of unusual activity.

“I have been here for 16 years and I hear time and time again reports of these strange things around Acacia Hills,” he said.

But Mr. Ferguson said he had never seen a Yowie.

“I only see things scootin’ around the sky, I don’t see hairy monsters,” he said,

“But if that’s really true, what’s next, dinosaurs running around the streets?”


For those interested in a deeper historical and current discussion of Yowie, I highly recommend the North American (2006) and Australian (2007) editions of the following tome.

The Yowie Healy Cropper

The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper.

"It is destined to become an instant cryptozoological classic." – Dean Harrison, Austalian Yowie Research, October 6, 2006.

If you have an extra $10 Australian dollars or American ones, please know that amount from you builds to what we need to save the museum. Do remember to…

🙂 Thank You, Mates!

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

3 Responses to “Yowie Kills Dog?”

  1. HOOSIERHUNTER responds:

    McGinn jumps to the conclusion that the Yowie is responsible based on very flimsy evidence. While the Yowie may exist and certainly has as much chance of being real as the Sasquatch, I don’t see much evidence from this article that it is a killer of dogs or anything else.

    The imprint in the ground looks a bit too regular around the toes as if it were faked. JMHO

  2. davidk responds:

    I simply don’t buy into the Yowie, as appealing as the idea may be. To many geography details (isolation of the continent) to get around.

    However… A possible explanation for Darwin sightings may be explained by what they folks there drink when they buy a “six pack”.

  3. DWA responds:

    I’m withholding judgment.

    The geographic isolation thing is, to me, a huge hurdle. I have to disagree with Hoosierhunter; I don’t think the yowie “certainly” has as much a chance of being real as the sasquatch. Geography gives the sas a much better boost. But then, my thinking that way has kept me from a thorough review of evidence that could, if I made a better study of it, change my mind.

    I’ll say this too. Don’t know what that track is. But I do know this about hoaxers.

    They leave much clearer tracks than that. All of them. Period. I do tend to hear this “hoaxers know you need to be subtle” thing. No they don’t. They know YOU NEED TO SEE THE TRACKS.

    And the dog sounds like something that sasquatch have been alleged to do, on a number of occasions, most that I have read coming with other compelling evidence.

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