Hunt for the tas tiger in North queensland

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Hunt for the tas tiger in North queensland

Unread post by Mahigan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:36 am

Hey guys found this article check it out

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... sland.html

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Unread post by Simon M » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:54 pm

It's interesting...but were Thylacines pack hunters? I'm not really sure. Perhaps mainland ones differ from their Tasmanian cousins behaviourally (or otherwise)? They might well have evolved differently on the mainland.

The most reputable source I could find regarding Thylacine hunting behaviour was this article (admittedly from an American University);

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2011/05/thylacine

They're basically saying 'solitary ambush predator' but...
Wikipedia wrote:Little is known about the behaviour or habitat of the thylacine. A few observations were made of the animal in captivity, but only limited, anecdotal evidence exists of the animal's behaviour in the wild. Most observations were made during the day whereas the thylacine was naturally nocturnal. Those observations, made in the twentieth century, may have been atypical as they were of a species already under the stresses that would soon lead to its extinction. Some behavioural characteristics have been extrapolated from the behaviour of its close relative, the Tasmanian devil.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine ... _behaviour

So we really can't be sure they didn't hunt in packs. So the sightings in QLD might be legit. I know Wikipedia isn't exactly the most accurate source of information around, but that is a particularly detailed and well researched article by the looks of it.

I hope they're there. Between the Night Parrot and the Northern Bettong I have some hope that science might finally concede that there are still things that are yet to be found out there in the bush.

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Re: Hunt for the tas tiger in North queensland

Unread post by Mahigan » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:16 pm

Simon M wrote:It's interesting...but were Thylacines pack hunters? I'm not really sure. Perhaps mainland ones differ from their Tasmanian cousins behaviourally (or otherwise)? They might well have evolved differently on the mainland.

The most reputable source I could find regarding Thylacine hunting behaviour was this article (admittedly from an American University);

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2011/05/thylacine

They're basically saying 'solitary ambush predator' but...
Wikipedia wrote:Little is known about the behaviour or habitat of the thylacine. A few observations were made of the animal in captivity, but only limited, anecdotal evidence exists of the animal's behaviour in the wild. Most observations were made during the day whereas the thylacine was naturally nocturnal. Those observations, made in the twentieth century, may have been atypical as they were of a species already under the stresses that would soon lead to its extinction. Some behavioural characteristics have been extrapolated from the behaviour of its close relative, the Tasmanian devil.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine ... _behaviour

So we really can't be sure they didn't hunt in packs. So the sightings in QLD might be legit. I know Wikipedia isn't exactly the most accurate source of information around, but that is a particularly detailed and well researched article by the looks of it.

I hope they're there. Between the Night Parrot and the Northern Bettong I have some hope that science might finally concede that there are still things that are yet to be found out there in the bush.


Yeah that's questionable, is it possible that crossbreeding occured between Wild dogs or dingoes? Or a totally new species? Like you said about the night parrot maybe their are things we still don't know about what's out there. It will be very interesting what or if they find anything.

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Unread post by Mahigan » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:19 pm

Also what could be going on behind the scenes? Is it possible that scientists out there have successfully cloned the Tasmanian tiger just as an experiment let them out in the wild and now they're breeding?

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Unread post by VicYowieResearch » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:36 am

Simon M wrote:It's interesting...but were Thylacines pack hunters? I'm not really sure. Perhaps mainland ones differ from their Tasmanian cousins behaviourally (or otherwise)? They might well have evolved differently on the mainland.

The most reputable source I could find regarding Thylacine hunting behaviour was this article (admittedly from an American University);

https://news.brown.edu/articles/2011/05/thylacine

They're basically saying 'solitary ambush predator' but...
Wikipedia wrote:Little is known about the behaviour or habitat of the thylacine. A few observations were made of the animal in captivity, but only limited, anecdotal evidence exists of the animal's behaviour in the wild. Most observations were made during the day whereas the thylacine was naturally nocturnal. Those observations, made in the twentieth century, may have been atypical as they were of a species already under the stresses that would soon lead to its extinction. Some behavioural characteristics have been extrapolated from the behaviour of its close relative, the Tasmanian devil.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine ... _behaviour

So we really can't be sure they didn't hunt in packs. So the sightings in QLD might be legit. I know Wikipedia isn't exactly the most accurate source of information around, but that is a particularly detailed and well researched article by the looks of it.

I hope they're there. Between the Night Parrot and the Northern Bettong I have some hope that science might finally concede that there are still things that are yet to be found out there in the bush.

Oooh not wikipedia!


I can see you are not aware of the International Thylacine Database so I will link it below. It covers a hell of a lot more than the wiki entry, but for simplicity's sake, Thylacines were pursuit hunters, they chased prey until it was exhausted. Often times they were spotted in the hunt with family unit members (female/male and/or young) but never larger 'social packs' like Lions or wolves.

Hope this helps.

http://www.naturalworlds.org/thylacine/ ... itsd_1.htm

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Re: Hunt for the tas tiger in North queensland

Unread post by Shazzoir » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:41 pm

Was just about to post this, but all good.

I'm going to postulate that the four animals seen in that spotlit encounter were a family unit. It is not beyond the realms of logic that a mated pair of thylacines (in the case of them having a monogamous relationship until the young are raised and able to fend for themselves) would be abroad at night, teaching their young to hunt, as many predators do.

I have read accounts of pairs of thylacines being seen together by hunters, so it's not to big a step to imagine with dwindling numbers, any female of mating age could have more than one suitor. This could also be another explanation.

After having just read about the Adelaide hills sighting (while I was just in Adelaide!!!!) the night before last, it had me driving yesterday, camera at the ready, through Lobethal, Birdwood and other locales, just in case, for much of the day, though a daytime sighting was probably never on the cards.

I too would like to know that these magnificent remnants of our faunal past are still going about the daily business of survival, just to say "I told you so!"

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Unread post by Shazzoir » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:43 pm

Oh, and this just hit the press 2 hours ago...

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia ... id=UE01DHP
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Unread post by Simon M » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:24 pm

Thanks for the link, Vic. (thumb up)

It's possible that what people are seeing is a mainland variant of the Thylacine that's been here all along (that's my pet theory, anyway). I also think the 'big cats' people see are native animals that resemble felines; I tend to think that we just don't know as much as we assume we do.

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Unread post by Simon M » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:26 pm

I just hope nobody proves they're there only to have a whole bunch of dickheads go out hunting them. That's my one big concern regarding Thylacines, the Yowie, or any of these cryptids - dickheads with some rifles and some beers out in the middle of nowhere.

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Unread post by ChrisV » Sun May 07, 2017 4:49 pm

I'd laugh my head off if they actually prove the existence of these Tigers in far north QLD. Its the ultimate FU to humans and what we think we know.

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Unread post by MW83 » Mon May 08, 2017 11:57 am

ChrisV wrote:I'd laugh my head off if they actually prove the existence of these Tigers in far north QLD. Its the ultimate FU to humans and what we think we know.
If anything, the rediscovery of the Coelacanth has already proved that we know is actually very little.

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