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Return of the Thylacine...maybe

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, November 12, 2013/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, environment

Along with America's Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Costa Rica's Golden Toad, and China's Beiji River Dolphin, Australia's Tasmanian Wolf, or Thylacine, stands as an example of recently extincted birds, amphibians, and mammals. The thylacine, looking like a long, striped dog, was ruthlessly hunted by settlers to Tasmania where they were trapped, shot and poisoned fearing predation on sheep. The last known thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo in 1933.

However, New reports indicate the unique marsupial carnivore may still exist.

Tasmania  (credit: Wiki-commons)

Now, the Center for Fortean Zoology in the UK has been gathering evidence that the marsupial carnivore may still occur in remote corners of Tasmania’s west coast. The rare animal research organization has been working with credible Tasmanian witnesses who report observing the animal and have also collected faeces for DNA analysis. Camera traps are being installed to potentially photograph the wolves to confirm their existence and survival.

Tasmanian Wolves in Washington, DC Zoo, 1906  (credit: Wiki-commons)

Portions of western Tasmania remain exceptionally rugged, remote, and wild. It would be a great thing to relocate a once thought extinct remnant of Australia's history and the last individuals of a species of Pleistocene creatures that still might exist.


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