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Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) Sighting Reports: Australian Capital Territory

Reports from other states and countries can be accessed here.

 

ACT.1980.xx.xx

David R. Reid's account of his encounter, posted on his own 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 color with pronounced dark stripes from shoulders to rump and had a ridged "kangaroo like" tail. Quite suddenly the animal reared on it's 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 were 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)"

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20180707211712/https://www.angelfire.com/oz/thylacine/

 

ACT.2017.10.28

"I was in the car with my mum and i was just looking outside and at that moment i saw a strange creature its head looked like a dogs head but it was standing up like a kangaroo i could tell it wasn't a kangaroo because its feet weren't long enough and it had a brownish color along with some dark coloration on its rear end which were most likely stripes and then a a month after i saw it some of my friends told me that they saw a Thylacine in Fyshwick which was the area i saw it in and one of them said he saw it attack a kangaroo but all of my friends described a dog like animal with stripes."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/sighting/sighting-from-fyshwick-australian-capitol-territory-2017/

 

ACT.2017.11/12.xx

"I was in the car with my mum and i was just looking outside and at that moment i saw a strange creature its head looked like a dogs head but it was standing up like a kangaroo i could tell it wasn't a kangaroo because its feet weren't long enough and it had a brownish color along with some dark coloration on its rear end which were most likely stripes and then a a month after i saw it some of my friends told me that they saw a Thylacine in Fyshwick which was the area i saw it in and one of them said he saw it attack a kangaroo but all of my friends described a dog like animal with stripes."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/sighting/sighting-from-fyshwick-australian-capitol-territory-2017/