T.R.U. accepts reports of sightings through a variety of media inclusing online form entry, email, and Facebook message. Where possible, and subject to the wishes of the person making the report, a T.R.U. member will discuss the sighting with the person or people involved.
As a starting point we assume that people making reports do so with honest intent. We first rank the sighting according to the academically-recognised Smith thylacine reporting classification system (The Tasmanian Tiger - 1980. National Parks & Wildlife Service, 1981, Steven J. Smith., 126-128). This includes factos such as visbility, lighting conditions, duration of the sighting and number of observers. Any subsequent investigations and critical analysis are based on the ranking system. A low ranking does not reflect at all on the person reporting the sighting; rather, it indicates incomplete observation, description or recall. For this reason it is very important to provide contact details so an experienced investigator can contact you if necessary to discuss the sighting. Your details will not be used for any purpose other than obtaining further details of the sighting, and will not be passed to any other party.
Reports will be published on this website and may be anonymous if you so wish.
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Sighting by: Anon - Nunawading Victoria
Date of Sighting: 8/12/2012
What was the time of the sighting? = 2350
How many people made the sighting? = 2
I was standing in my lounge and out the window I saw the tail end of what i thought was a stray dog striding down the centre of my court, so being an animal lover i naturally went to investigate. I saw the animal dart behind a van acros the road and into the yard across the street. When i came around the van i saw an unusual long legged short haired animal looking skinny and unwell with a long tail that was bent up slightly at the end and brushing the ground. The animal was panicked when it saw me and tried to jump the fence. I remember thinking it's not a dog, it was moving wrong and its legs were too long for a cat, and it wasn't a fox because it had dark ring makings on the tail and was a grey brown colour, gradually darkening towards the rump. I took some steps back so not to corner the animal, and it almost jumped along as it ran across two yards into a bush where it stopped and looked at me in the eyes. Its eyes had dark eye lining makings like a big cat, but i called it like a dog and said come here puppy, and at this point the gas meter man came around the corner and the animal moved across the road into a building site and through a fence. As it did this, i looked at the man and asked him if he had seen that- and he said "what was that? It wasnt a fox ... " I went to investigate and he went on with his job, saying he sees some weird things on his rounds and by this time the animal was gone. I spent the rest of the day with this animal popping into my head because i was worried for the animals health and wondered what the heck it was. As i described the event to my partner the first thing he said was thylacine. I have had Goosebumps since. Could it be possible?
Thylacine Sightings in the area before: No
Animal seen: Unsure
Description of Animal:
Bigger than a cat or a fox, longer tail than both almost like a greyhound tail, female kelpie size, long back legs, small cat like head, at the top with a foxor dog type muzzle. medium to dark brownish grey, with dark rings around its tail.
Distance: (Report says 3) I've assumed that this is meant to be 300 metres - Warren.
Size of animal: About the size of an english sheep dog.
Behaviour of Animal:
Scared froze then ran hid and ran again
Duration of sighting: 3 mins.
Smith Rating: 5. This report is assessed as questionable under the Smith reporting system.
* NEW Sighting Report - 2011 Outside of Campbell Town Tasmania
Sighting by: Colleen
Date of Sighting: 24/12/2011
What was the time of the sighting? = 9.30pm
How many people made the sighting? = 2
We were travelling across tassie from the spirit it was very quiet being xmas eve we hardly saw another car we had past Campbell Town though I cannot say how many kms past it was dusk our headlights were on. it ran across the midland hwy in the beam of our headlights I said to my husband what was that? I knew it was not a cat or a dog, and too big for a fox. It was light brown in colour and had a straight long tail, but hard to distinguish the exact colour in the headlights. It lopped across the road and disappeared into the scrub. we had never seen anything like it before and it was not until we were at mt field info centre and saw a picture of a tassie tiger that we realised what we had seen. I now see that there have been other sightings in the same area.
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Number of animals observed: 1
Behaviour observed: Just loped across the highway.
Description of the animal: About the height of a medium size dog but longer it had a head a bit like a dog it had a long straight thin tale, was light brown in colour. it lopped along
Distance between observer and animal: 2-3 metres
How long did the sighting last: 10 seconds
Weather conditions: clear warm night.
Smith Rating: 33. This report is assessed as good under the Smith reporting system.
· This is the second similar sighting reported to TRU within this area. With the animals in question displaying similar behaviour.
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Sighting by: Anon Between Ross and Campbell Town Tasmania
Date of Sighting: 3/3/2012
What was the time of the sighting? = 4:00AM
How many people made the sighting? = 2
On my vacation to
The animals were the size of a medium dog and had medium to large black stripe pattern pale fur (could have been yellow) they didn’t see me as a threat until I moved my car forward all they did was stare.
The sighting was made by my brother and I and lasted for 6 minutes at dawn (4:00 AM) with the sun just coming up. Some footprints were observed in the dirt but were not collected.
Smith Rating: 27. This report is assessed as good under the Smith reporting system.
Sighting by: Jan M., Dunkley Street, Tullah, Tasmania
Date of Sighting: 10/04/09
What was the time of the sighting? = 9:00 PM
How many people made the sighting? = 2
I drove up the hill from my house with a 12 year old passenger and we saw the animal run very fast across the road. It was the size and shape of the tiger. My neighbour had made a sighting some years previous. We are on the edge of the temperate rain forest here.
The animal was about 2 meters, very slim and sleek coat. long tail held straight out. On seeing the car the animal ran at a very fast pace across our headlights and into the scrub, the sighting lasted 5 seconds, it was a clear night and the animal was about 10 metres away.
Sighting by: Joan H. Preolenna, Tasmania
Date of Sighting: ?/?/1978
What was the time of the sighting? = 3:00 PM
How many people made the sighting? = 1
I had lived in Melbourne for most of my life; I had married a dairy farmer in 1974. I lived in Preolenna on the North West Coast of Tasmania, 27km from nearest town Wynyard. I was coming home from visiting a friend at Meunna to Preolenna at 3pm. The rain had stopped as I travelled along Meunna road. It was a narrow road with bush on either side. An animal came out of the bush on my right hand side. I knew it wasn't a dog, firstly because it lopped across in front of me instead of how a dog runs. Its tail wasn't bent it was straight' It had very distinctive stripes across it's back and looked to me like a young dingo type dog. It wasn't afraid of the car it just looked ahead to the other side of the road where it was heading. I thought to myself "that must be the animal that was eating my friends hens. (I found out later that that was the Tiger Cat). All my growing up years in Melbourne I had never heard of the Tasmanian tiger. That night when my husband came in from the dairy, I just mentioned that I had seen the animal that ate the chickens. In our conversation my husband realized that I had seen a Tasmanian tiger. I rang the Ranger in Smithton and told him what I had seen, He confirmed what I had seen and told me not to mention it as there had been many sightings and they were on the move. He wanted to protect them. I did mention it to a farmer in Meunna and he said that a lady from Preolenna had also seen one ten years prior in the same spot. I know what I saw so very clearly. It was a lovely young animal. So no one could ever tell me that they don't exist.. If I had have known at the time that it was the Tasmanian Tiger I could have easily protected it's foot prints, however when I related the animal to R. it was four hours later and we had heaps more rain.
The size of the Tiger was that of dingo, however it looked a young animal. Same shaped face side on as a dingo. The Tiger didn't look directly at the car just straight ahead the noise of the car didn't bother it at all. The Tiger was brown fairly light brown face and it had distinct dark stripes through its body. The animal was a little over a metre away for 7 to 10 seconds before the tiger crossed the road into the bush. I was surprised that the Tiger didn't appear to be a shy or a frightened animal considering that it was so close to a moving car.
Sighting By Steve, The Esplanade, Mt Martha, Victoria
Date of sighting? - 08/05/2012
What was the time of the sighting? = 7:00pm
How many people made the sighting? = 1
Driving home at 7pm along the esplanade in Mt Martha, no other cars around at the time, there in front of me about 15 meters away I saw this animal crossing the road, reasonably quickly and apparently unaffected by the headlights of my oncoming car. The animal kept its pace and then disappeared into the shrubs.
The animal was about the size of a medium dog, with a long stiff tail that extended horizontal to the road, with an ungainly face paced walk, a Longish snub snout. The Coloration was light greyish fawn with some stripes on the hind quarters and was moving at a fast paced walk.
It was a clear still night of mild temperature and the sighting continued for approximately 10 seconds before the animal disappeared into the surrounding shrubs.
Date of sighting? - 24/03/2012
What was the time of the sighting? = 2.15pm
How many people made the sighting? = 2
Hey there, me, my dad and mum, were at my mates place in Maribyrnong, Victoria. My mum was on balcony of my mates flat, when my mum started screaming "looks theres a Tasmanian tiger!", i was inside watching TV and i said "mum your going crazy," but she kept on screaming. So me and my dad got up went out onto the balcony and looked down onto the vacant block of land to see nothing. So i said to mum "its probably a dog", ill go take a look, so i put my shoes on and mums saying "dont get too close to it it might bite ya" i kept laughing at her, at this stage i wasn't expecting to see anything, so i didn't take a camera, so I went towards the vacant block then suddenly this animal comes out from the fence, and i was about 10 - 15 metres from it, and i can tell you it looked 100% like a Tasmanian tiger, it was different and wasnt a dog or a fox. its tail was long and stiff it ran different to a dog, and it even had stripes on its back. I swear on my mothers grave it was a tassie tiger , or a dog that looks 100% like a Tasmanian tiger, i was the closest to it, and it looked exactly like in the pictures. So i ran back up got a camera but when i had came back it had gone, i ran around into the scrub land for a hour, across the road from the apartment hoping to find it, but it had gone.
Sighing was made at Pipe Makers Park
It wasn't overly orange had a few shades of gray from memory, but what was different from a dog was its head, its tail which was stiff straight, and its tiger markers on its bum, it looked exactly like a tasmian tiger, as i was only 10 metres away from it. it also had scrawny back legs/hips.
Your probably thinking this could be anything its in a outer suburb of Melbourne, why haven't other people reported anything, i dont know. I think the location is irrelevant, what is relevant is i know what i saw, and yes my mum wasn't crazy , i can back her up. I wouldn't be on this website if i had a slight doubt that it was a mangy dog or fox. I saw what i saw and yes i strongly believe it was a tassie tiger.
*The sighting lasted about one minute and was reported to Chris Coupland via the www.thylacineresearchunit.org web response form
Thylacines and stuff
They are on the mainland and they are as real as you and me mate. At least in 1978 when I saw one on the long plain road in the mountains near Canberra. I was on foot. It was early morning.
That was in 1978 in 2003 I thought I'd share the experience and put up a webpage.....
Anyway it was a long time ago I'm 48. Your friends may be interested I don't know...
See Below for a cut and paste of Dave original account from the angel fire website
In 1980 whilst hiking in the Coolomon plain area, I entered a narrow section of open plain near the Coinbill turnoff on the Long Plain Road. The time was approximately 6.15 - 6.30 am and the sun had been up for about 30 minutes. My attention was caught by the movement of something about 60 meters away that at first glance I thought was a medium sized feral dog standing head down in short grass roughly 15 meters from the eucalypt scrub that borders the paddock like plains of the area.
The animal was a tan-caramel colour with pronounced dark stripes from shoulders to rump and had a ridged "kangaroo like" tail. Quite suddenly the animal reared on its hind legs, nose to the air, turned to the opposite direction than that it had been standing and raced into the vegetation at speed. The animal moved in a way that I had never encountered before. It appeared to bound away using its front and hind legs in unison reminding me of a wild boar in full flight but with much smoother and longer strides.
It was obvious that the animal had seen/smelt/heard or sensed my presence and simply vanished. The encounter lasted in full no more than 15 seconds. I walked to the spot where the animal had been and found a small dead wombat "gutted", a very strange sight for the plains. This was apparently the meal of the animal I had just seen.
I really did not think about it too much until about 10 years later when I saw pictures of the strange animal I encountered that day. There was no question about it, the animal I had seen was a Thylacine. (Thylacinus cynocephalus)
· How could I have seen an animal presumed extinct in Tasmania for the past 70 years?
· How could I have seen an animal presumed extinct from the mainland for 8000 years?
· If so, How could they have remained undetected this length of time?
A very brief History
1910, It is reported that an amateur organisation called The Thylacine Preservation Society released 12 Thylacines at Wilson's Promontory. These animals could have entered the Strezlecki Ranges or Baw Baws Ranges
The Thylacine from all accounts is an extremely shy animal, avoiding all contact with humans and lying low and remaining out of sight during the daylight hours, becoming active hunters at night. It is believed that family groups could contain up to six members and the mating season from accounts was from September to October with 3 or four young being born in November or December. The Melbourne Zoo recorded the birth of four pups in captivity on the mainland, (contrary to most reports that no Thylacines were ever bred in captivity).
OK SO IF IT'S POSSIBLE...
A marsupial carnivore would seek a preferred habitat. A combination of dry eucalypt forest, wetlands and grasslands perfect habitats provided in the Australian Alps. (see map below).
The Australian Alps and surrounding ranges of The Great Dividing Range provide an environment preferable to the Thylacine (hilly, dense, dry sclerophyll, or mixed sclerophyll-rainforest communities, rocky outcrops). They have the benefits of privacy in the extensive mountain bush and ample hunting grounds on the myriads of grassy plains and lightly timbered areas that dot the mountainous region. As largely a nocturnal animal they hunt during the evening, night and early morning on grassy plains and open woodlands,
The area of the Australian Alps and Great Diving Ranges of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland supply extensive areas of habitation where a shy, nocturnal animal could easily exist un-hampered and undetected. There are still many thousands of square kilometres of bush land that have had no more exploration than an aerial survey.
This animal is hardy and adaptable; it can withstand winter snow and frosts, summer extremes of more than 30 deg C. The Thylacine was exported to Zoos in Great Britain, Europe and The United States a wide range of environmental conditions in rainfall, temperature.
In the last half century, sightings have been reported from many parts of the country, with most from the well- watered, mountains in the East and South-East of the continent with over 500 recorded sightings.
Where do we go from here?
I have a few ideas and would be interested to hear from anyone who has any pertinent information regarding the topics I have discussed
I am particularly interested in sightings from these areas
1957 in a Rural New South Wales in a small aboriginal community west of Sydney. A young boy grew up in a small community with intense interest in his natural environment and familiar with the local animal species due to spending all of his time in the bush. In 1971 at the age of 18 the young man's car and the family car were packed up to take the 9 hour drive in order to move locations so the young man could attend university.
The two cars were travelling in convoy with several hundred metres separating them due to dust. The second car (the parents could not see the young man car that was in front). An animal trotted off to the side of the road as he drove past. At first it struck him as been a big dog but it had obvious dark stripes going across its back and tail. The young man was familiar enough with the bush to know that it was not a shadow pattern he knew what this out of place and foreign and abnormal animal species.
The animal was no more than 10m from the front of the vehicle. The young man did not stop but was travelling slowly at the time due to the nature of the dirt road he was travelling on. He continued on to the next closest town as he was unfamiliar with the way next to travel and to wait for his parents. When they turned up he approached them and asked "if they saw the dog back there with stripes on its back?" And they replied "No we didn't see anything!" The young man remember thinking “my god then I don’t know what that is then!”. This was the extent of the sighting at the time.
The sighting was then forgotten as the young man studied gained his degree. Years later he saw a picture in the dentist of a Thylacine which triggered the memory of the sighting and instilled in the young man that was what he saw. But knowing that thylacine were meant to be extinct he was worried that he may have been loosing his mind. He kept his sighting secret for over 40 years at risk of been ridiculed due to his profession. Years later he was married and years after that the man told his wife of what he saw and she encouraged him to share the sighting, talk to someone and not take the sighting to the grave.
The man approached some people at the university but to no avail. The man kept his secret for 40 years before directly contacting T.R.U. after researching it on the web and contacting us directly through the contact us web form and wanting T.R.U.'s Chris Coupland to call him directly on the telephone. The call was anonymous but Chris was given enough information to be reassured that the sighting was legitimate and credible.
The man also located the sighting on google earth for T.R.U. and gave permissinon for the story to be relayed but no names or things that could be used for identification been given. (At the time of the sighting he had no idea of what a thylacine was)