THYLACINE SIGHTINGS 1953 - 1990

COLLECTION OF DATA

As previously stated, we have confined our research to an area of approximately 20 kilometres radius of the Panama Ridge. We sought to interview people claiming to have seen the Thylacine (or an unidentified animal bearing a resemblance to the Thylacine) within this area.

We have also confined our research to the twenty year period 1970-1990. The earliest sighting took place in 1970, the most recent in 1989.

Interviewees have not always been eager to talk about their sightings; indeed, some were reluctant because of the commonly experienced response from friends and acquaintances: they had been 'hallucinating', they must have been drunk, they were seeking notoriety. The collective experience was that friends and acquaintances seldom gave credence to their reports. This sceptical attitude from the general public produced a defensive response in some of the interviewees, which made them somewhat reluctant to tell their stories. Therefore, we first had to gain their confidence and assure them of anonymity.

Because of widespread public dismissal of sightings, we have selected interviewees of high community credibility and acceptability.

It is our purpose to produce a scientifically collected and collated Report. As writers, university lecturers, and academics, our reputation depends on an impartial document. Our writings about Tasmania are extensive.

Our data has been collected and assessed according to Steven J. Smith's 'The Tasmanian Tiger - 1980' (National Parks and Wildlife Service, May, 1981). We use Mr. Smith's 'Rating Systems for Thylacine Reports'

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