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Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) Sighting Reports: Western Australia

Reports from other Australian states and different countries can be accessed here.

 

 

The Database of Reports

NB: Please note that I have taken the liberty of quoting liberally from all sources. This is only to make it easier for the reader to access these reports, which would otherwise be spread over many websites and other mediums (e.g. newspaper articles, books, CD's etc.). In all cases I have clearly cited the source.

 

WA.1890.xx.xx

Thylacine researcher Tarnee Rutherford has a database of thylacine sightings in WA, the earliest of which dates to 1890 (Kirk, 2017). I have no further information on the alleged report.

Source: Kirk, Emma. (2017). Busselton a hot spot for Nannup tiger sightings. Busselton Mail, 13 January.

 

WA.<1894.xx.xx

Thylacine remains from "Tunnel Creek Carnivore Lair" were associated with other material that was dated to no older then 80 years.

Source: Archer, Michael "Mike". (1974). New information about the Quaternary distribution of the Thylacine (Marsupialia: Thylacinidae) in Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 57(2): 43-50.

 

WA.1936.xx.xx

The earliest thylacine report discussed by (Heberle, 2004). No further details are known to the present author.

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1940.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1943.xx.xx

A melanistic, or at least all black, thylacine caught in a trap (Slee, 1987). Probably the 1943 report implied by (Heberle, 2004).

Sources:

Slee, Sid. (1987). The Haunt of the Marsupial Wolf. Bunbury, WA: South West Printing and Publishing Company.

Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1945.xx.xx

Brian Slee, brother of the deceased thylacine researcher Sid Slee, and presumably one or more of his siblings, found a dead thylacine (with stripes) in one of their snare traps.

"“When we were kids, in 1945, we caught one in a kangaroo snare on our farm just outside Busselton,” he said. “We went around to one of our snares one day and found one dead. It was just some strange animal from the bush to us, so we just left it there.”"

Source: Willix, Pierra. (2017). ‘Tassie tiger’ sighting revives Aussie mystery. Busselton Dunsborough Times, 5 January (Thursday).

May also be discussed in Side Slee's book 'The Haunt of the Marsupial Wolf', however I have never had the chance to read it.

This report is probabley that listed by (Heberle, 2004) as the only one in 1945.

 

WA.1951.xx.xx #1-2

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

Presumably the same report as that quoted below:

"In 1951 a man from Dwellingup came to the Western Australian Museum in Perth, where he showed photographs and casts of tracks of what he insisted was a thylacine―which he said he had seen with his own eyes."

Source: Clark, Jerome. (2013). Thylacines, pp. 198-208. Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena, third edition. Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press.

 

WA.1956.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1957.9.6

"Ron's friend was walking through his paddock in the morning checking on his flock of sheep. He had his dog by his side, and the dog froze and wouldn't walk any further. Ron's friend couldn't get the dog to walk with him, so he walked on by himself. After about 3 steps three little thylacine pups ["tan/sandy coloured fur all over body and ears, short fluffed fur"] stuck their head out from the long blade grass. They just looked at him. They were sitting. He assumed the mother was nearby and backed away, taking the dog home with him."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/sighting/nannup-wa-1957/

 

WA.1959.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1961.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1962.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1963.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1964.xx.xx #1-3

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1965.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1965-1975.xx.xx #1-5?

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

It is unknown to the present author whether these five alleged sightings are included in (Heberle, 2004). Hence the uncertainty ("?").

 

WA.1966.xx.xx #1-3

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.c1966/68.xx.xx

Two witnesses, a young boy "KLP" (aged c.10-13) and his aunt. This is his account of the event:

"I was just doing a Google search to see if anyone else had seen a Tassie Tiger-like animal in the Mandurah WA area.

I saw such an animal around 1966-68 on Old Coast Rd, Miami. I was travelling in a car with my aunty, at night, when a large dog-like animal crossed the road in front of us. What struck me at the time, and I still recall vividly, was that the animal had distinctive stripes on its hindquarters and tail. It was very strange. I lived in the area with my parents and siblings, spent most of my free time playing in and exploring in the bush, and it was unlike any other animal, or dog, I had ever seen, or heard of.

I was aged between 10-13 at the time. When I got older, and saw pictures of Tasmanian Tigers, I was, on one hand, convinced that this was the animal I had seen, while on the other hand, logic told me it couldn’t possibly be; Tasmanian Tigers lived in Tasmania and they were extinct anyway.

I have rarely told anyone about the strange animal in case they thought I was ‘kook’. Out of curiosity as to whether anyone else had seen a similar animal in my area, I did a Google search tonight and found an article by Greg Heberle on WA sightings. To my excitement, four of the reported sightings are in the area near where I lived. I tried to contact Greg on his email address, to find out when and exactly where these sightings were, but the email bounced.

There are a a number of caves south of where I lived at Dawesville, and my pop took us down some of them. One of the caves had piles of bones, which as a child I found scary. I have often wondered if the strange animal lived in the caves, and if skeletons were down there. Looking at Greg’s map of reported sightings, these caves are in the vicinity. The Dawesville area has a lot of underground limestone caverns, and I imagine there are many accessible caves that I’m unaware of.

As you have an interest in sightings of Tasmanian Tiger like animals, I thought you may be interested in my experience, and possibly in passing on the info to someone who may like to investigate the caves to see if any skeletal or other evidence exists."

Source: https://members.ii.net/~lawley/thylacine/anecdotes/index.html

 

WA.1967.xx.xx #1-2

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.c1968.xx.xx

"On a shooting trip i came over a ridge at about 7 am and saw a loping dog like creature.
I never shot at dogs but this thing frightend me.
At 100 metres i took a shot and missed.
The animal stopped turned its head towards me and then lopped off towards to mountain top. It definietely was a thylacine not a fox."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/sighting/sighting-near-worsley-western-australia/

 

WA.1968.xx.xx #1-5 or 6

Heberle reports 6 sightings in 1968. The report above (WA.c1968.xx.xx) may or may not be represented in the six listed by (Heberle, 2004).

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1969.xx.xx #1-4

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.196X?.xx.xx

"Recently, by extreme coincedence an old man across the road, told me a story, in which he has told no one else before. Back in his 20's (which was around 1960's) he was a volunteer fireman in WA. On there way to a large bushfire ...clearly a thylacine walked in the middle of the road, stopped the truck in its tracks, stared at them, then walked back into the bush. Him and his mates were silent and then he said " was that?" and his mate said "yep". Then they all swore to never mention that day agian to anyone, because they felt that they were putting the Thylacines future at risk, and also they felt that they would be ridiculed. I believe the old man's story because i could just feel the passion in his voice, and i trust it was the truth, anyway i had shivers down my spin the whole time. Believe what you want, but im sure there out there, not only in TAZ but on the mainland."

Source: https://www.tasmanian-tiger.com/guestbook.html

 

WA.1970.xx.xx #1-12

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1970/1975.12?.xx

At least three witnesses, a young boy "EH" and his parents. This the young boy's account:

"Just a short note about what I am 100% sure was a tiger I saw on a trip across the Nullarbor in the early seventies.

My family had a habit of travelling over east almost every year from about 1971 or so to attend the main conferences that our traditional Finnish church held every year around Christmas. On this particular year, we travelled in a HK/HG wagon but my father was also asked to bring back from Melbourne a Commer van for family friends—one of those old ones with sliding doors.

My mother drove in front with my sisters and I sat in the passenger seat of the van. We NEVER travelled fast. Our first crossing from Melbourne to Perth took two weeks. My father was a very patient man. The Commer was also overheating which meant we probably travelled at around 70 km/h with the heater on to help and the sliding doors fully open so we wouldn’t cook.

On the way back, we had turned north at Norseman and some distance later (I think closer to Norseman than Coolgardie) as I was looking forward at and over the car in front, I saw an animal run across the road left to right less than a metre in front of the car in front.

The picture that is burned into my memory is of the back 2/3 to 3/4 of this animal directly in front of the right hand side headlight. The area which was illuminated had the stripes which I some years after learned were on the tiger. The animal seemed to have its weight forward on its forward legs and the level of the back was pretty much close to the level of the bonnet. I have always remembered that the back legs were angled back as if thought the animal had just leapt and landed on its front legs and my memory seems to be that they were darker probably as they were below the glare of the high beam headlights. The back was level. The head was out of the headlight so I have no clear memory of that.

My mother and father also saw the animal but as it was so close to the front of the car and travelling quickly, they didn’t pick up what my young eyes did. Even for me it was and still is remembered as a frame like a photo, crystal clear and still. Just an image that flashed and then it was gone.

In the early seventies, we were still very much new Australians having arrived 1/1/1970 and as we never had a television at home and were all learning just to speak and communicate it took me a long time to associate the animal with the Tassie Tiger. I still keep hoping that I’ll see one again every time I cross but I haven’t had any luck in the nearly 30 times I have done so.

Just thought I should finally tell someone."

Source: https://members.ii.net/~lawley/thylacine/anecdotes/index.html

 

WA.1971.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1972.11.xx

"One incident in November 1972 involved Freda and Joe Carmody, who saw a large creature leap across the road in front of their car; they were convinced it was a Thylacine."

Source: Eberhart, George M. (2002). Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology. Santa Barbara, California: Abc-Clio Incorporated. [pp. 547-550]

 

WA.1972.xx.xx #1-5 or 6

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1973.xx.xx #1-2

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1974.xx.xx #1

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.c1974.xx.xx #2

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.1974.xx.xx #3-4

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1975.xx.xx #1-2

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.c1975.xx.xx

"What Was That Mystery Creature?

by Rose Hart

This strange close encounter' happened to me years ago, while travelling along a bush-track on our farm, on my bicycle. Our large cattle dog always ran ahead, loving the long run. On this day he stopped dead, as if frozen to the ground. Growling and snarling, and making a terrible noise, he refused to move, and let me pass. He blocked my way, moving sideways, and backwards. In the confusion I vaguely saw movement, but do not know what caused it. The poor dog went berserk, but he never left the track, or moved ahead. I became frightened and turned around, not until I was away, did the dog follow. It never came with me again on that same bush track. He would attack anything if provoked. He fought our bull one day, and turned it back into its pen.

Another day a native man walked down our drive. The dog was tied on a thick chain, until the man picked up a heavy stick. The chain snapped, and he went for the mans throat. It was lucky for him that we were there. I will never know what was in that thick bush, but some kittens in a log close by, disappeared. It may have been coincidence.

Unfortunately I will never know what the mystery animal was in the bush, as the incident occurred 20 years ago near Bruce Rock. We can only guess that maybe it was either a big cat or possibly a thylacine."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1976.xx.xx #1-4

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.c1976.xx.xx

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.1977.xx.xx #1-3

Sources: Heberle, Greg. (1977). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Sunday Telegraph [Sydney], 27 March, p. 46. [unsighted]

Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1978.xx.xx #1-4

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1979.xx.xx #1-4

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.197X.xx.xx

David Alford commented the following:

"I have videotaped interviews of two extremely strong sightings way beyond the official 1936 extinction date. One in the mid 1970s in Western Australia and another in the 1980s in Eastern Tasmania. I have other taped interviews, some later and some earlier, but these two sightings were so strong, I’m pretty much convinced the Thylacine held on until at least the 1980s."

Source: https://www.crikey.com.au/2013/11/15/the-truth-will-be-revealed-i-have-seen-the-tassie-tiger/

 

WA.1980.xx.xx

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1981.xx.xx #1-6

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1982.xx.xx #1-3

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1982.xx.xx?

May or may not be included in the three reports directly above:

"In 1982 a Western Australian farm couple, who claimed to have lost livestock to thylacines, told a Perth newspaper that a "prickly feeling" at the backs of their neck was invariably their first warning sign of the animals' presence."\

Source: Clark, Jerome. (2013). Thylacines, pp. 198-208. Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena, third edition. Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press.

 

WA.1983.xx.xx #1-9

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1984.1.26

Rowena:

"Date: Friday, 26 January 1984, 2 or 3 hours after dawn.
Self driving Holden Wagon with husband and three children asleep in passenger seats, pulling laden trailer. Travelling west, having filled up with fuel at Madura, and keeping a special watch, with camera at the ready, hoping for shot of eagle feeding on kangaroo roadkill. Saw roos, saw a fat reddish dingo, then this emaciated greyhound-like creature, crossing the road; it went into the brush on the right hand side as I slowed and stopped, but it was a pretty hopeless angle for a shot. It recrossed the road to the rear of us, and went into the bush on the RHS. This was about 140 km west of Madura, Cocklebiddy being the nearest stationed. It had greyish and brown stripes and was lean rather than chunky. I didn't get one of the possible eagle shots, either - took too long to stop."

Source: https://www.tasmanian-tiger.com/guestbook2.html

 

WA.1984.11.xx

The famous Kevin Cameron photographs, documenting his claimed encounter with a thylacine. Possibly on par with Hans Naarding's 1982 sighting as the most famous post-1936 report. According to one forum poster on Buck and Joan Emberg's tasmanian-tiger.com website, the photos "were taken on, or nearby, Hillside Farm, Nannup Rd, Yoongarillup, Western Australia" (source). A small literature has grown up around these five photos. It includes at least the following publications:

Source: Clark, Jerome. (2013). Thylacines, pp. 198-208. Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena, third edition. Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press. [p. 203 contains an extended quote from (Douglas, 1990), the only such quote I can find, and the fullest. This same quote, albeit with the first sentence ommitted, is reproduced elsewhere, including in (Williams, 2014:135-136)]

Douglas, Athol M. (1986a). Tigers in Western Australia? New Scientist, 24 April, pp. 44-47.

Douglas, Athol M. (1986b). Thylacine lives? (letter to the editor). New Scientist, 24 July, 111(1518): 63. [this particular reference seems to have been largely forgotten]

Douglas, Athol M. (1990). The Thylacine: A Case for Current Existence on Mainland Australia. Cryptozoology/Cryptozoologie 9: 13-25. [unseen by the present author]

Rickard, Bob. (1987). The return of the tiger? Fortean Times 49: 5-7. [unseen by the present author; said to criticize the Kevin Cameron photos published in (Douglas, 1986)]

Strahan, Ronald. (1986). Photographic memory (letter to the editor). New Scientist, 26 June, p. 82. [cited by (Douglas, 1986b), but otherwise unmentioned as far as I'm aware]

The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July, 1986, "Colour Photos of Tasmanian Tiger Doubted" [contains an interview with Athol Douglas; fide (Williams, 2014:136)]

Webster, Matt. (1986). Tasmanian tigers. New Scientist, 15 May, 1508: 76.

Williams, Michael "Mike". (2014). The Truth About the Nullarbor Thylacine, pp. 129-140. In: Lang, Rebecca (ed.). The Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Extant? Hazelbrook, NSW: Strange Nation Publishing. 186 pp. [pp. 135-136]

 

In addition to these references, Chris Rehberg (Where Light Meets Dark) has done an analysis of the three photos widely available through (Douglas, 1986a). He finds the photographs, and hence Cameron's broader account, to be plausible. But note also Dr. Strahan's stated opinion (Strahan, 1986), contra (Douglas, 1986a), that the photos are insufficient evidence for a living (or recently deceased) thylacine.

 

WA.1984.xx.xx #1-12 or 13

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1985.xx.xx #1

This seems to be the same "Bill" as WA.1986.xx.xx #1.

"1985

 

A new association member "Bill" who lives along the Jurien/Coomallo road says that he saw two thylacines on his property in 1985."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1985.xx.xx #2-7

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1986.xx.xx #1

This seems to be the same "Bill" as WA.1985.xx.xx #1.

"1986

 

In 1986 Bill had visitors staying with him from Perth. One morning they were driving along Jurien road and near the Black Arrow turn off they saw three Thylacines. Two were adult animals and the third one was a baby."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1986.xx.xx #2-9

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1987.xx.xx #1-3

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1988.xx.xx #1-9

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1989.7.xx

Three witnesses, unknown sexes and ages.

"On a winter’s day in July, 1989, we were driving down a dirt road to the west of Greenbushes. There was a farm on one side of the road and a [pine] plantation on the other. The car was stopped when the tiger was seen jumping a wire fence, coming from the left, the plantation side. It ran across the road in front of the car and crashed into the fence on the other side of the road. It became caught in the fence, briefly. It seemed to stop for a few seconds, gathering its bearings. Then it made its way through the fence and then ran off into the farm. All up, the sighting was for about 15 seconds by our family of three who were in the car. I remember to this day the thick tail and stripes along its side. For some time, we did not know what it was until we visited Yallingup Caves and saw a photo of one in a display."

Source: https://members.ii.net/~lawley/thylacine/anecdotes/index.html

 

WA.1989.xx.xx #1

A sighting on file of the defunct MAAWA (Mystery Animal Association of Western Australia), subsequently known as MARCA (Mystery Animals Research Centre of Australia), both founded by the late Sharon West:

"North Dandalup 1989

At North Dandalup a ranger was sitting on a rocky out crop watching the sun set over a valley, when he heard an animal making a strange sort of barking noise in sets of three yaps, then a pause then three yaps and so on way, off in the distance. The ranger just sat there listening to this animal when out of the bush a kangaroo appeared. It stopped for a minute or two and then continued on down through the valley. Shortly after, the animal that was making the yapping bark came out of the bush, it was still making the noise. It had its nose to the ground and it was sweeping its head from side to side as it was tracking a scent.

The ranger was only twenty metres away from the animal and he copied the same barking noise, but the animal totally ignored him and continued on down through the valley, following exactly the same trail as the kangaroo. The animal was described as being the size of a wolf, it had a broad head and its tail stuck straight out behind it like a stick in line with its spine. The animal was a tan colour but because of the light the ranger couldn't say whether it had stripes or not. The animal was not a dog, or a fox, nor was it a cat. It was too big. The description of the animal and the way it was hunting is very much like a Thylacine."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1989.xx.xx #2-5 or 6

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1990.xx.xx #1-3

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1991.1.xx

"January 1991

 

thylacine was seen by a farmer's wife and her children on the Jurien road near the Cockleshell Gully turn-off."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1991.2.xx

"February 1991

 

A School bus driver with a bus full of school children saw a thylacine near Black Arrow road. The animal was running along a fence line and along side the bus. The driver slowed the bus down so that all the children could see the animal."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1991.xx.xx #1-2

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1992.xx.xx #1

A sighting on file of the defunct MAAWA (Mystery Animal Association of Western Australia), subsequently known as MARCA (Mystery Animals Research Centre of Australia), both founded by the late Sharon West:

"Unusual Night Visitor At Pemberton 1992

A Pemberton farmer and his wife had gone to bed when they heard what they thought was someone knocking on their back door. The farmer got up and as he was about to open the door, he could smell a very strange musky stale odour seeping in from outside. He immediately thought that it was a drunken person and so he switched on the outside light and opened the door, but there was no one there, except the dog that was cowering near the wood box.

So the farmer decided to switch on the flood lights that lit up the whole yard, he went outside to have a look around, but he couldn't see anything that would have frightened his dog so much. He could still smell the strange odour. The next morning they found some very odd paw prints up their drive way. Whatever made the tracks had to be a big animal and the prints also showed a distinct round heel mark at the back of the pad. The farmer has often smelt the same odour up along his boundary fence, which is adjacent to state forest. He has even smelt it above the chemicals that he has used to spray blackberries with. The odour was not of urine. It was a body odour."

"I have sent copies of the photos that were taken at Pemberton of the mystery paw prints, along with written reports, and taped reports of Thylacine sightings to, two researchers in Tasmania."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1992.xx.xx #2-7

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1993.5.xx

A sighting on file of the defunct MAAWA (Mystery Animal Association of Western Australia), subsequently known as MARCA (Mystery Animals Research Centre of Australia), both founded by the late Sharon West:

"The Melros Thylacine 1993

 
Could Melros have a Thylacine living locally?" Well it is possible." A local resident has seen a very strange animal in her front garden. She saw it at eleven thirty - one night in the last week of May. The woman's husband saw the animal also and they both described it as being bigger than a fox. It had a very pointed snout, a big head and a thin tail that stuck out like a stick.
 

One thing that took their notice was the way that it moved. As it ran off, it kicked both its hind legs out together similar to a rabbit. Both its front legs were moving in the normal way. This is another characteristic of a Thylacine. I have been told that a dog or a cat will move the same way at certain times, but these people declare that the animal they saw was not a dog, fox, or cat."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1993.7.2 (9:39am)

The thylacine encounter by Mike Tancock and Holly Krokosz, strangers who were driving in separate vehicles, on the Lakes-York Road. Mr. Tancock reported it to CALM (the then Department of Conservation and Land Management) later than day via telephone, to John Blyth. Along with subsequent correspondence, this encounter is on file with the DBCA online library, available to read here. Here is his personal account:

 

"On the morning of Friday July 2nd, 1993 at 9.39am I was driving on the Lakes-York Road.

At the area known as Wundabiniring I caught up with another vehicle and was contemplating passing it when suddenly the vehicle braked to avoide hitting a very strange looking large dog like animal.

I braked very quickly and on decelerating I passed the animal as it cleared the road surface 8 feet from the driver's door of my car.

Coming to a halt I reversed to where it crossed the road, it was then standing 30 feet from me on Wundabiniring Road, its body parallel to the road alignment with its head facing me. It looked at me for some time, approximately 40 seconds, until I opened the door whereupon it bounded into the scrub and out of sight.

My first thought was to catch up with the other vehicle which I did some miles towards York. However, rather than frighten the driver on the side of the road I passed the car and flagged it down in the York townsite.

The driver, Miss Holly Krokosz was of the same opinion as me in that what we encountered was a Thylacine. Her thoughts were who would take us seriously. I said I would report our sighting to C.A.L.M. in Perth.

This animal's height is about 900mm. It is deep chested and proportionate size hindquarters. The base of the tail is thick like a calf's but tapers thinly to the extremity approximately 600mm. The head is gruesome, very wide jaw with rather small ears. Body length rump to nose was approximately 1200mm.

The animal's colour is dark brown (ie. mission brown) with beige to brindle bands on its rib cage and much less distinct bands of brindle on its hindquaters.

Its gait is more like a calf bounding out of a pen than a dog running across a road.

Being a bright, fine morning I am absolutely sure of the above description."

Source: https://library.dbca.wa.gov.au/static/FullTextFiles/630496.pdf

 

Part of a File Note included in the link directly above, by Andrew A. Burbidge (CALM), reads as follows:

"The report was on Channel 7 news on Saturday [July 3rd] and on Channel 9 on Sunday [July 4th]. Channel 7 took Athol Douglas out to the place and he is reported to have identified tracks there as definitely Thylacine. Channel 7 have film of the tracks."

 

-------

The sighting was also on file at the defunct MAAWA (Mystery Animal Association of Western Australia), subsequently known as MARCA (Mystery Animals Research Centre of Australia), both founded by the late Sharon West, who subsequently investigated it herself:

"A Thylacine Near York 1993
 
Most of us are probably aware of the latest Tasmanian Tiger sighting, which happened around the beginning of July. The sighting was made approximately mid way between The Lakes and York. The animal was approximately a metre high. It was a brown colour with light coloured stripes. The animal was described as being a cross between a dog and a hyena.
 

I [i.e. Sharon West] went with Arthur Scott-Norman from Bakers Hill to checked the area of the sighting out. We found some prints but they were not clear enough to cast. However we did find a scat, which looked a bit strange and it had a pebble in it. About a mile from where the animal was seen, there was a headless Kangaroo on the side of the road. I suspect that what ever animal took the head off the Kangaroo also swallowed a pebble and made the scat. I have sent a sample of the scat off to be analysed."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1993.xx.xx #1

A sighting on file of the defunct MAAWA (Mystery Animal Association of Western Australia), subsequently known as MARCA (Mystery Animals Research Centre of Australia), both founded by the late Sharon West:

"The Melros Thylacine 1993

 
Could Melros have a Thylacine living locally?" Well it is possible." A local resident has seen a very strange animal in her front garden. She saw it at eleven thirty - one night in the last week of May. The woman's husband saw the animal also and they both described it as being bigger than a fox. It had a very pointed snout, a big head and a thin tail that stuck out like a stick.
 

One thing that took their notice was the way that it moved. As it ran off, it kicked both its hind legs out together similar to a rabbit. Both its front legs were moving in the normal way. This is another characteristic of a Thylacine. I have been told that a dog or a cat will move the same way at certain times, but these people declare that the animal they saw was not a dog, fox, or cat."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1993.xx.xx #3-6

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1994.11.xx

"Thylacine Sighting Near Nambung National Park

In approximately the middle of November a Farmer's daughter was driving along the Munbinea road near the Nambung National Park when she saw an animal standing on the floodway in front of her. The animal was described as being the size of a big dog.

The length of the body, not including the tail was approximately 2ft, 6ins long. The animal was grey in colour with dark stripes across its back and tail and the tail stuck out straight.

The animal also had a big head and pointy snout. The lady who saw the animal said that it definitely was not a dog or fox."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1994.xx.xx #1-5

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1995.1.c14

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.1995.3.31

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.1995.12.xx #1

"Near Pickering Brook, WA

In December 1995 a lady was driving along a road when an animal started to cross the road in front of her. She had to hit the brakes hard to avoid hitting the animal.

The animal stood on the road in front of her. The lady got out of her car and walked towards the animal. When she was approximately two feet away from it, the animal leapt up onto a 5-6 ft cliff on the side of the road and sat there watching. At this stage the lady became frightened and got back into her car. When she looked towards the animal she discovered that it had gone.

The animal was described as being dog like in appearance, and it stood approximately 2ft high at the shoulder. The total length of the body was approximately one and a half metre, including the tail. The animal had a broad snout and small ears. Its body was a mottled brown colour, and it had what appeared to be broken stripes on its back near the shoulders. It had a thick kangaroo like tail and the animal appeared to be in a very poor condition. The animal did not appear to be frightened or aggressive. The lady said that she felt sorry for the animal, mainly because of its condition. She said that the animal reminded her of a thylacine."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1995.12.xx #2

"Near Pickering Brook, WA

...

A few days prior to the above sighting [i.e. WA.1995.12.xx #1] another local resident saw a strange animal on an adjoining road and the lady described it as very similar to the animal in the above report."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1995.xx.xx #1

"I saw one when travelling through state forest between Rosa Brook and Margaret River. It was 1995, my two friends saw exactly what I saw, crossing the Mohen highway which is a gravel pot holed track through thick forest. what we saw at first looked like a skinny long dog with vertical black stripes down its back and tail. the gait was strange and the tail was stiff. it was the colour of a buckskin horse. sort of beige. it just bounded across the road approximately twenty metres in front of our car. There are no dogs which have stripes like this one we saw.And there are no other native animals with this description. the caves around here have yielded thylacine remains dated at around twenty thousand years old. I know I wasn't having some freaky vision because my two friends saw the same thing."

Source: https://www.tasmanian-tiger.com/guestbook.html

 

WA.1995.xx.xx #2-12 or 13

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

The below report (WA.c1995.xx.xx) may or may not be included amongst those included in (Heberle, 2004).

 

WA.c1995.xx.xx

"I was driving along that dirt road with an Australian couple after getting supplies in Carnarvon. On the ocean side of the road, on a little rise we saw, what we thought at first, was this strange looking "dog" with stripes on its back. It was standing still looking at us as we stopped to look. It stood there for a couple of minutes as we watched and concluded that it was not a dog but a Tasmanian Tiger."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/sighting/sighting-near-carnarvon-western-australia/

 

WA.1996.2.5

"Near Mahogany Creek, WA

An animal that resembled a thylacine was seen on the 5 of February near Mahogany Creek. A lady was out driving when the animal walked across the road in front of her car. The animal came out of bush and went into the bush on the other side of the road. The animal was described as looking like a small greyhound with short fur and muted stripes.

The basic colour of the animal was brown, and the animal looked skinny. The most striking feature was the long skinny tail."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1996.1.31

"Near Glen Forrest, WA

On the 31 of January another animal that resembled a thylacine was seen near Glen Forrest. The animal was described as being the height of a Blue Heeler dog with a fox like face. The animal was brown in colour with dark stripes on its back near the base of the tail and the stripes extended down the tail. The tail was thin and straight."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1996.8.2

The famous encounter between a monk (Tony James) and an alleged thylacine at New Norcia's Benedictine monastery, Australia's only monastic town.

Thylacine researcher Sharon West (deceased) wrote about the sighting on the MARCA website:

 

"A Strange Animal Seen Near New Norcia

A strange animal actually entered a building on a property near New Norcia, which is located approximately 132 kms North-East of Perth. The encounter happened at 5 am on the morning of the 2nd of August. As the animal entered through one door a man entered through another door at exactly the same time. The man and the animal both froze and observed each other eye to eye for several seconds. The animal was silent during the encounter, although the man did have a glimpse of some teeth.

The animal looked lean and almost malnourished in appearance. It also looked quite fierce. After a few seconds the animal turned side on and the man noticed the long thin and pointed tail, which was covered by fine, short hair. The predominant colour of the animal was grey, with some brown and white flecking or spots. The overall colour impression was described as motley. The animal finally turned around towards the door that it had entered and went down on its back haunches (like a kangaroo or 'big cat).

It then sprang with fluidity and grace away. The animal had a broad dog like head with an extremely long and pointy snout. Its eyes were bright and intelligent looking. Its total length from nose to tip of tail was approximately 3 ft, and stood 2 ft at the head. It had small precise paws, The man was approximately 8-10 ft away from the animal and he saw it for 10-15 seconds. The man is 100% sure that the animal was not a feral cat, dog or mangy fox. The animal resembled a thylacine, except that there did not appear to be any tiger like stripes across the rump. The man has been leaving scraps and chicken bones out for the magpies and he suspects that the animal has been coming in for a free feed.

Other local residents have heard terrifying screams and shrieks in the area. A very strange patch of urine was found on some concrete paving near the building in late July. The patch measured 4ft long and 8 inches wide, and it had formed into crystals on the surface. Unfortunately someone accidentally swept the crystals away, before they could be collected. However the urine did leave a bleached stain on the concrete. The urine appeared to have been directed straight down onto the concrete and not sprayed against a wall or tree. There was no strong odour where the urine was. A large scat was also found which measured 5 inches in length. It was loose in consistency and it was very black in colour."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

A segment on the popular program Animal X later covered the story, including footage of an actual interview with the witness Tony James:

 

 

 

WA.1996.xx.xx #1

The late Sharon West had her own thylacine sighting one day in 1996, after years of investigating other people's alleged reports.

"Jindong, WA 1996

I was driving along a road near Jindong. I had set my video camera up ready to use in the event that an animal may cross the road. Over the years there has been a number of thylacine like animals seen in the area. The time was approximately 5.30pm and the weather was fine and sunny.

I was driving slowly as it was a dirt road when suddenly an animal came out of some thickets on the side of the road, from a distance of approximately thirty metres in front of me. I stopped the car but left the engine running. I thought the animal was a fox until it came completely onto the road.

The animal did not look at me and I thought that it was injured because the hindquarters were low to the ground, compared to the front quarters, but as the animal slowly moved across the road it seemed to lift its hind quarters and walked properly. I realised then that it was not a fox. At this stage I picked up the video camera and aimed it at the animal. Unfortunately, the camera lens was zoomed in and I could not see the animal. I quickly zoomed the lens out and then slowly zoomed in, but by this time I lost sight of the animal.

I looked back to the spot where the animal had come from and I saw another animal in the shadow of an overhanging bush. I kept the camera on the second animal, but it didn’t come out far enough for me to film it clearly.

The second animal appeared to be a baby, and it stood approximately 8 inches high at the shoulder. It appeared to have a dog like head and pointy snout. Its colour was a deep tan and I couldn’t distinguish if it had stripes or not. The tail and the hindquarters were what really took my notice. The tail looked like a stick stuck on the body, and it was thicker at the base where it joined the body. The tail was pointing towards the ground.

I think that when the adult animal appeared on the road with the hind quarters low down it was letting the baby out of the pouch. A thylacine’s pouch opens from the rear and for the baby to get out of the pouch safely. Maybe the mother Thylacine lowers her rear end to the ground so that the baby can almost slide out of her pouch without falling.

All that the video film showed was some movement in the shadows on the side of the road where the baby was. As a research member commented it is like buying a lotto ticket and finding that you have all six winning numbers then discover that you have lost the ticket.

I know that I really stuffed up with the camera, and I was so angry with myself. Even though the adult animal did not appear to have stripes I still believe that what I saw was a thylacine or a close relative to one."

 

 

Source: https://www.arfra.org/articles.htm

 

 

WA.1996.xx.xx #2-5

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1997.7.xx #1

"Thylacine In The South-West Of WA

During July there were two sightings of what appeared to be thylacines in an area approximately 280 kms South from Perth. The first sighting was made by a CALM worker. The animal was described as being 1 and 1/2 mtrs long from nose to tip of tail, and 40 cms high at the shoulder. It was a sandy-brindle colour, but it didn't appear to have stripes. The animal's tail was long, and thin. The tail was held in a horizontal position to the ground. The animal was standing on the side of the road. When the animal saw the car it spun around using its hind feet, different to a dog and went back into the bush. It loped over a log and disappeared into the bush. The animal was seen for approximately 3-4 seconds at a distance of 40 metres."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

WA.1996.7.xx #2

"Thylacine In The South-West Of WA

During July there were two sightings of what appeared to be thylacines in an area approximately 280 kms South from Perth.

...

The second sighting was made only a few miles from the first sighting. The animal was seen by two people. The animal was described as approximately 3-4 feet long from nose to tip of tail and 2 feet high at the shoulder. The animal was a light tan colour with dark stripes across the rump and back. The witnesses saw the animal for approximately 10 seconds from a distance of 22-25 feet. Both these sightings have been investigated, and no paw prints were found. The areas are being monitored."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20020220025923/https://www.webace.com.au/~pwest/marca/index.html

 

 

WA.1997.xx.xx #1-7

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.1998.xx.xx #1

Tristan E Kelly:

"In 1996 I was a passenger in a car we were about 200kms north of Perth Western Australia time was roughly 8:30pm. we came over a slight hill and in the distance we could see what we first thought was a dog on the road as we got closer it was quite clear that this was not a dog. By the time the car was close enough to fully see the animal it had moved to the shoulder of the road but was illuminated by the head lights the animal had several dark stripes across its lower back and it was a Thylacine. If one can survive out in the scrub in this area and not be seen regularly then I am certain they are not extinct"

Source: https://www.gofundme.com/eku4u5wc

 

WA.1998.xx.xx #2

Frankland River.

Source: https://www.thylacineresearchunit.org/sightingreports.htm

 

WA.1998.xx.xx (between 0 and 3)

There are already 3 reports from 1998 in this database, and hence the 3 given in (Heberle, 2004) may or may not be duplicates.

Source: Heberle, Greg. (2004). Reports of alleged thylacine sightings in Western Australia. Conservation Science of Western Australia 5(1): 1-5.

 

WA.c1998.xx.xx

Philip made a comment on the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia website:

"20 years ago Karratha tip WA was my sighting."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/blog-post/thylacine-sightings-in-western-australia/

 

WA.2000.xx.xx

Near Mundrabilla roadhouse.

Source: https://www.thylacineresearchunit.org/sightingreports.htm

 

WA.2001.9.30

Two witnesses saw a thylacine along Brand Highway at Gingin.

Source: https://www.thylacineresearchunit.org/sightingreports.htm

 

WA.2003.3.19

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.2003.9.15

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.2005.xx.xx

A single witness, a married woman. Her husband was asleep in the car.

"I was driving south of Mandurah towards Bunbury along the Old Coast Road in 2005. My husband was asleep as we were passing Lake Clifton. A thylacine crossed the road in front of me. I said, “What was that!” My comment woke my husband, but by that time, the animal had disappeared. I have no doubt about what I saw."

Source: https://members.ii.net/~lawley/thylacine/anecdotes/index.html

 

WA.2006.10.31

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.2008.12.17

WA thylacine researcher Greg Heberle details numerous possible thylacine sightings made by he, his family and other relatives:

"I became interested in Thylacine sightings in March 1998, when my brother mentioned that he had sighted a possible Thylacine in about 1976 near Green Range Country Club on Hassell Highway 100km east of Albany. This was after one of my sisters told me that she and a friend sighted a possible Thylacine in the Fitzgerald national park on Pabelup Drive near Twertup on about 14 January 1995. The husband of a cousin sighted possible Thylacines on 4 occasions between 1965 and 1975 on Canberra West farm which is on Hassell Highway about 8km east of Green Range Country Club. His wife (my cousin) also saw a possible Thylacine near the Country Club during that period. My younger brother (deceased) sighted a possible Thylacine in 1974 on a farm at Nyabing in the company of a friend. This friend also saw one on another occasion, probably in 1974. I have made 5 possible Thylacine sightings, on 31 March 1995, 19 March 2003 , 15 Sep 2003, 31 Oct 2006, 17 Dec 2008."

Source: https://users.tpg.com.au/greghebe/THYLACINE.htm

 

WA.pre-2010.xx.xx

Nannup resident Jim Green claims to have seen the thylacine around 5 times since the 1970's. Exact details are not known to the present author, however they may be found in a 2009 edition of the countryman, in which Mr. Green mentions his sightings.

Source: Willix, Pierra. (2017). ‘Tassie tiger’ sighting revives Aussie mystery. Busselton Dunsborough Times, 5 January (Thursday).

 

WA.2010/2011.xx.xx

Bradley McDermott made a comment on the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia website:

"I saw what may have been a thylacine, in 2010/11 in the Great Southern, Western Australia. It ran (loped) right past my car at 7pm at night, ran across a road, with me in pursuit on foot and disappeared across a paddock as it went along a creek line. It was a very prehistoric looking animal, its head, snout, ears and tail all looked like the images of a thylacine. It was to dark to notice stripes and I was too awestruck by what I was seeing, however, I did not think it a thylacine until an hour or two later after getting over what I’d seen, it was that incredible, ancient looking. I even drew a small image of it later as I am positive it was a thylacine. I know what I saw."

Source: https://www.thylacineawarenessgroup.com/blog-post/thylacine-sightings-in-western-australia/

 

WA.2013.xx.xx

"Could these be mainland thylacines? These two clips were shot on a trail cam near Busselton, Western Australia in 2013."

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-5Xr19xLo

 

WA. 2016.12.25

At least two witnesses, including Brian Slee, brother of the deceased thylacine researcher Sid Slee. An excerpt from a newspaper article detailing the sighting:

"Busselton Historical Society president Brian Slee was driving into town last week when an animal dashing out of the bush reignited an old theory close to home and cemented previously-held beliefs.

“We were driving along Queen Elizabeth Avenue heading into town about 8.30pm on Christmas Day when something trotted out in front of the car,” Mr Slee said.

“It turned and looked at us and I saw its face and at first I was in doubt and thought ‘what the heck is this?’

“It was about 15 feet in front of the car and was about three-quarters grown and about the size of a cattle dog. I was looking at its tail which was sticking straight out like a kangaroo tail.”

Mr Slee said he had no doubt that what he saw was a thylacine, better known as a Tasmanian tiger.

“It was so plain, it was in front of me,” he said.

...

It was dark in colour but I couldn’t see any stripes, which was unusual because the one in 1945 had stripes."

Source: Willix, Pierra. (2017). ‘Tassie tiger’ sighting revives Aussie mystery. Busselton Dunsborough Times, 5 January (Thursday).

 

WA.2020.12.24 (2AM)

A report made to REPAD by Kate (surname withheld):

"At 2am I was driving to work, and along Karnup Road (north of Mandurah) there was a strange animal in front of my car. It was too big to be a fox, but the tail wasn’t that of a dog or a cat, and the way it moved wasn’t like anything I had seen before. I was in shock at what I saw but I don’t doubt that it may have possibly been a Thylacine. I’ve seen cats, dogs and foxes many times but never before had I seen whatever this animal was! It was a similar size to my Kelpie dog with a feline face structure but a skinny long straight tail that stuck out."