Has there been any other sightings that you know of in this area (it was next door to Mclaren's on the Lake) and do they tend to remain in the same area?, I would assume they are territorial? We will be sure to keep an eye out as we live not far away!
Elle & Drew B.
Whilst driving home last night (Sat 16/07/16) from Meeniyan to Warragul, my wife and I saw what we think was a thylacine, crossing the road approx 10 kms out of Korumburra in the Strzeleckis. The conditions were excellent, just after midnight, clear skies and no other traffic at the time.
The markings, profile and gait were consistent with other sightings as reported on your website. it struck us as about the size of an Alsatian (we have an Irish Wolfhound so anything looks small compared to him) and the barred markings on the back were especially prominent in the full beam. I estimate it appeared 20-30 yards in front of us. It didn't pause on the road and simply bounded into the bush on the left side of the road, heading in a southerly direction. It did occur to us that travelling at 80km/h, 5 seconds earlier and it's likely we would have hit it. A lucky miss for all concerned.
Another one for the logbook and very exciting to have had the privilege of seeing such a creature.
Reedy Creek In Queensland might be harbouring a thylacine or 2 according to this report:-
Tasmanian Tiger sighted at Inverloch
ANOTHER Tasmanian tiger sighting has been reported in South Gippsland.
After Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Tony Holgate came across a tiger at the park in December, Barrie Murphy reported a sighting at Inverloch last Wednesday 18th May.
The Inverloch resident said he was positive he caught a glimpse of the nocturnal marsupial and added jokingly he had just one glass of wine for the whole night.
“Last Wednesday at about 10.30pm, I was driving along Ullathorne Road when it crossed the road in front of me,” he said.
“First of all, I thought it was a fox or a cat, but as it moved off the bitumen on to the green verge, I realised it was dog sized, about the same as an Alsatian.”
Mr Murphy said as he got closer to the animal, its tail captured his attention.
“It was the long, straight tail, which could have been a metre long. It was straight out, white and strong looking,” he said.
Because he was in his car, Mr Murphy was unable to see the creature’s head, but he did recognise one of the Tasmanian tiger’s most distinctive traits.
“The thing that really made me twig was, as I drove past it, I saw the stripes down its side and onto its flank,” he said.
“I thought to myself, I have seen something exceptional here, so I turned around and went back, but it had disappeared.”
Mr Murphy said in the past, he has heard two accounts of Tasmanian tiger sightings, both from reliable sources.
“After seeing one myself, I thought I would report it so other people can keep a lookout,” he said.
According to the Australian Museum, the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct.
It was sandy yellowish-brown to grey in colour and had 15 to 20 distinct dark stripes across its back from the shoulders to tail.
Although the large head was dog or wolf-like, the tail was stiff and the legs were relatively short. Body hair was dense, short and soft.
When: 10th March 2016 Where: Traralgon Time: roughly 9:00pm
It was late Thursday night roughly around 9pm, I was driving around in my hometown of Traralgon around the Traralgon railway reserve with my boyfriend when I saw something in the middle of the road from a distance, as we got closer it moved onto the side of the road, I asked "what is that?" He didn't bother to look and ignored my question, I got a glance of what I thought was a fox, but it was a strange looking fox. The next day I was telling my mum and I asked what do foxes actually look like? She began to explain so I decided to google it to get a clear description, as soon as I saw what a fox looked like straight away I knew that it wasn't fox. I began to explain to my mum that it was a dog like, looking animal, a dark brown colour with stripes down the back with a long skinny tail, that looked absolutely terrified. Mum jokingly said that could be a Tasmanian tiger. So I decided to again do my research on what one looked like. As soon as I saw the picture I had a flash back, the picture I had looked up was almost identical to what I saw that night on the side of the road.
Just some more information on the description and where I saw it,
Where I saw it there is a lot of farm land around, with a lot of sheep and cows. There is also the Traralgon railway reserve that has a lake with many ducks. That I'm not sure of but may attract it because of the food?
I believe it could of been an adult, it wasn't small, so I don't think it could of been young. I will attach a photo of a Tasmanian tiger around the same size as what I saw.
Hi My husband and I spend quite a bit of time in Walkerville , a small settlement on the South Gippsland coast ,on Waratah Bay ..an idyllic spot which is in the region of Wilsons Prom.,Venus bay, Tarwin
Lower etc.. Walkerville is surrounded by the Cape Liptrap coastal park and Australian native animals can often be seen in their natural habitat...so,when out walking or driving we are on the alert for any
animals we might come across.
What prompted me to make this report was reading the article by the owner of the Venus Bay caravan park who reported seeing a "thylacine" on the 4th January 2015....and I thought you might be interested to hear of our experience seeing as the sightings were close in time and relative distance.
Date Friday 29th January 2016, approximately 3.00pm daylight savings.
Weather conditions... Gloomy but visibility good,prelude to significant rainfalls in the area .
Place My husband and I were driving up the hill from Walkerville North caravan park kiosk which is on the shore of Waratah Bay,through the forest to Prom Views estate, a distance of 2 km winding road. We are very familiar with this short but very scenic and pretty route,and as before mentioned need to be wary of any wildlife(kangaroos, wallabies,wombats)which might come out onto road....
when ,all of a sudden there appeared loping across the road and then down along the shallow ditch at the roadside a fox-like creature, dog-like ,very slight and streamlined,low to the ground smooth,sandy coat,thin pointed face,with a long thin tail that ended bluntly. There were stripes bands around down the tail. The creature remained within clear view(within 2 metres) long enough for my husband and I to remark on its peculiar appearance.
At first,it appeared as a fox but then we realized that its ears ,skin,tail were not that of a fox. Discussing the
unusual tail and markings ,as it went out of sight.we actually said that it looked like a small tasmanian tiger...And then we agreed that how could that be .. were't they extinct? and we both struggled to come up
with the more appropriate term of Thylacine. I was curious enough to google tasmanian tigers when we returned home and hence my report. I guess it does appear that there may be some tasmanian tiger-like
creatures still around in the more remote areas of Victoria . cheers
It was around 11:30pm in early January 2016 when I was with my mum on our way back home in Junee, NSW we were nearing Kapooka 15km south of Wagga Wagga when I happened to catch something on the righthand side of the road at first I thought oh it's a Kangaroo but then as I noticed it was moved like a canine by the time it was in the middle of the road (about 20 meters away) I realised it had black stripes on its hindquarters and a straight tail like that of a Tasmanian Tigers. Then I noticed its head was built like a Brick several minutes passed by before ether one of us said something I just sat in the car seat motionless and speechless for about five minutes then I said "Was that a Tasmanian Tiger?"
The next day we returned to look for prints but couldn't find any unfortunately but did hear strange sounds almost like a baby crying but it was almost a husky sounding cry.
IT wasn’t a dog. And it was too big to be a cat. Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Tony Holgate knew exactly what was staring back at him — a Tasmanian tiger.
In what is set to reignite the debate over whether the marsupial really is extinct, the 67-year-old said he was convinced after a dawn encounter just three weeks ago on the rambling coast of South Gippsland in Victoria.The last thylacine in captivity died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.
“It was just sitting there looking back at me ... I knew what it was,’’ Mr Holgate said. “It was with about half a dozen kangaroos and it ran off with them into the scrub.’’
The sun was just starting to rise as Mr Holgate conducted an inspection of the holiday park he has run with wife Mary for the past two years.
Weeks earlier an overseas guest at the park had made a similar observation. “They asked me what the animal was that they had seen running around the park, but I didn’t give it a second thought,’’ Mr Holgate said.
For decades the search for evidence for the supposedly extinct animal has inspired the imagination of scientists, researchers and the public. The last thylacine died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo in 1936.
But sightings of the animal have been prevalent ever since, particularly along the Gippsland coast where it is believed a breeding pair of Tasmanian tigers were released at Wilsons Promontory just after WWI.
Mr Holgate said he didn’t report his sighting to authorities. “It’s not really something you tell people about,’’ he said.
But caravan park cleaner Kylie Anderson backed his claim, saying she spotted a tiger on a separate occasion. “I saw it hanging around a tent,’’ she said.
South Gippsland Deputy Mayor Mohya Davies said there had always been speculation about the existence of Tasmanian tigers on the coast. ‘’It’s a tragedy they became extinct in the first place.’’
Nice to talk with you yesterday.
Here are more details of my sighting approx. 9.30pm on 14th Dec. 2015.
I was slowly cruising the Lilydale Lakeside housing estate searching for Christmas lights for the kids to view. I was stopped at an intersection when I spotted what I am convinced was a thylacine. At first I chuckled that it was the ugliest dog I had ever seen, so ugly that I just stared for a while as I took in all its features. Then it dawned on me that it wasn’t an ugly dog it was a normal looking Thylacine. Oversized large square jaw, too large for its body which was as skinny as a whippet, rump was much lower than the top of it’s shoulders, with really lowset hocks, tail that stuck straight out pointed downwards. It wasn’t in a hurry but calmly walked out of view.
Do Tasmanian Tigers make a similar sound to Tasmanian devils when they are hunting? In September 2015, I stepped outside about 11pm one night. There was a terrible noise coming from the “bush” next to my house in Lilydale. I could hear the squealing of a rabbit or other small creature, obviously being attacked, but also there was a most terrible, loud and low growling sound, coming from the attacker. I have never heard anything quite as scary as the growling sound, so I quickly checked on my pony and sheep who were alarmed but safe and I hurried back inside.
Does anyone know what noise Tasmanian Tigers make?
My car was stationary, pointed north in a roundabout, That night there weren’t Xmas lights in the court, and remarkably no other traffic around, which is unusual as it’s 150 metres from best light display in town. It was a moonless night and the streetlights showed the silhouette of a thylacine standing still and relaxed in the driveway. It was too dark to see the animals colour, but I’m convinced the silhouette was unmistakable that of a thylacine, see description in earlier email. Unthreatened the thylacine stood still for quite some time as I studied it’s features, after 7- 10 seconds, it strolled towards the house and out of view behind a small fence.
Glad we found your website!
Hi you might think I am crazy but this is serious me and my partner both just saw a Tasmanian tiger. It was about 11:30 pm tonight (Tues 11th September 2015). We walked out our driveway and our front yard faces a massive wetland area near the strezlecki ranges and Morwell river and what not.. But anyway it was chasing a car across the road then stopped and just stared at us before running back and hiding next to a wall in the shadow, before it ran back we got a very clear outline image of it, it was quite slender in the hind quarter and abit bigger built in the front, it had an enormously long skinny tail that had an s shape to it but didn't drag on the ground, the head of the creature wasn't your normal dog shaped head it appeared to have a rather angled straight top skull without a smaller muzzle it just tapered down, and the head was more of a triangle shape from the side, when it turned it's head and looked at us it's ears were very wide and went partly down the side of the head with a large distance between them, once it ran and I struggled to get my partners phone off her she was shit scared at this time, I got within 3 feet of it and it stood up into the phone light and I screamed at her come quick it's a Tasmanian tiger, it ran around the massive shed I was chasing it like I never ran before, my partner in pursuit after me, I lost it for a minute looking around saw it's eyes as I took of after it it bolted and somehow was on the other side of the wire fence we walked over and couldn't see it very clear it shut it's eyes. We couldn't see it so ran over to get a torch and searched the paddock but nothing could be seen.. I beleive myself it went back towards the strezlecki wetlands area...
If u need any more info email me please never in my life would I think this could happen..
Things have been particularly quiet over the past 12 Months with only a few reports coming in along with a number of individual's in the community undermining my research and trying to steal the thunder. I have therefor adopted a different tactic and have chosen to limit some of the details surrounding the events and the locations of any future articles that I place on to this site. It is unfortunate but I need to do this to assure that I can monitor the animals in such a way that they are not disturbed or harmed by the intrusion of human activity.
Here are a couple of photo's that you might like to look at from my cameras of the thylacines in pairs and with pups. The infra red flashes 'spook' the thylacines!
2 Adults with 3 pups in the foreground.
2 tigers eating at the pork fat on a tree 1 looking at the camera (the Flash) the other at the fat.
On Friday 17th July 2015 at 9pm near Glenfern Rd in Upwey Victoria Toni B and her husband drove in to their street when they had the following encounter. It came running up from the creek and stopped and we all just looked at each other, then it ran across the road in front of our vehicle towards a large tree stump with alot of foliage around it. The animal looked like an dog crossed with a cat body and it gave us a fright because we couldn't work out what it was. It was pretty big.....bigger than a fox and had faint stripes and a very long tail. No offence to the poor animal but it was ugly.
We drove on past and as soon as we arrived home we googled images of thylacines and we both new exactly what we had seen. To me it would make sense for it to be living in the reserve, or on the banks of the road as it's near water and pretty quiet.
"February 5th 2015 11.00pm it was a clear sky, with a full moon and I had a brand new street light placed outside my property near the road" says Barb from Loch Sport. It was almost lit up like daylight and I was letting the 2 dogs out for a walk in the front yard as they had become restless.
I had a bird feeder in the corner of the block and the dogs headed towards it, but they soon came racing back and cowerred next to me on the veranda. It had been a hot day and I could smell this sewerage type of smell wafting in the air and I looked towards the street lamp where I saw an animal like a dog but not a dog and it was chubby in the body just outside the fence line.
It had a long skinny snout, short stubby legs, long tail that stuck out straight from its bottom. It was sort of walking with its front legs and hopping uncoordinated with its back rear legs. I had heard its yapping/yipping noises earlier in the night for a while as it had walked off down the roadway. Now it was walking across the roadway and up into the vacant block opposite. It looked exactly like an animal that I had previously seen on October 28th 2010 and the yaps and yips were almost the same. Barb.