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Texas Thylacine Expedition

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This website covers the Texas Thylacine Expedition that commenced in September 2016 with the aim of establishing photographic evidence that the Tasmania Tiger is not extinct. The expedition undertaken by Jon & Renea Bosley is taking place in the remote western parts of Tasmania and utilizing over twenty modern trail cameras with eighteen left in the field for a minimum of six months. A number of scented predator  decoys have also been placed.

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Thylacine skin, Hobart museum, authors collection.
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Full body mount, Hobart museum, authors collection

The thylacine is a unique marsupial animal that lived and continues to live on the mountainous island of Tasmania. Its distinct dark stripes gave rise to the more common name of Tasmanian Tiger. It is of course not a tiger, nor a wolf or a canine.

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Male Thylacine skull, Hobart museum, authors collection.

Thylacines are the largest marsupial carnivore that have lived in modern times. A cat like solo stealth hunter, its favored diet was pademelons, wallabies and to its demise imported sheep. Thylacines, unlike a Tasmanian Devil, do not consume the whole carcass but tended to remove the organs such as the heart and liver. They also would consume the blood, rich in nutrients, by biting down on the prey’s nose. As a result of these feeding habits a dead carcass can much more readily be identified as a Thylacine kill. Dead carcases do not last long in Tasmania as quolls and devils will totally consume them, bone, fur and all within hours.

The Tasmanian government official position on the “Tassie Tiger” is that it is extinct with the proviso that it may still live in the remote parts of the island. This may seem like an oxymoron, however, they have little choice as a body has not been found in fifty years. The Australian government has list it extinct as of 1986 but the local Tasmanian government realize that parts of the island are so inaccessible a small number my still roam. Much of western Tasmania remains devoid of infrastructure and difficult to penetrate. Bush walking can be extreme, with few trails, long overgrow trails, flooded trails and collapsed bridges. Most of the time the option is no road or trail. A combination of 4×4 driving and bush walking is required to access areas, some even more remote parts such as areas of the west coast require helicopter.

 

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Jon Bosley bush walking in Arthur Pieman north west Tasmania.
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Unknown bones picked clean

These bones were found in Waratah in the same location as the strong unknown scent Thylacine Encounter?

 

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