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Decades after extinction declaration, hunt for Tasmanian tiger resumes


MARCH 31, 2017 —The Tasmanian tiger is a creature of legend. The only confirmed sightings since the last one held in captivity died in Australia's Hobart Zoo in 1936 are stuffed ones, aging photographs, or depictions on beer bottles.

But ever since, reported sightings, ranging from the plausible to ones that sound like a video of a flying Frisbee being declared a UFO, have piqued the interest of scientists.

Many who are certain they’ve spotted the small, dog-like form of the carnivorous marsupial with distinctive black stripes on its hindquarters have only told trusted friends for fear it would draw people to hunt the creatures.


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