THYLACINE SIGHTINGS 1953 - 1990

SMITH'S RATING SYSTEM FOR THYLACINE SIGHTINGS

"The Tasmanian Tiger - 1980". (National Parks & Wildlife Service, May 1981) Steven J. Smith. pp. 126 - 128

1. OBSERVER'S RELIABILITY POINTS: 1O
A. Familiarity With Native Fauna  
    i. little or no knowledge of Tasmanian animals
0
    ii. quite familiar with most Tasmanian animals
3
    iii. very experienced with most Tasmanian animals
5
B. Credibility Within Community  
    i. unknown or poor credibility according to one source (may be interviewer)
0
    ii. fair to good according to one source
3
    i. good or excellent according to two or more sources
5

2. CIRCUMSTANCES OF REPORT POINTS: 10
A. Distance Between Observer And Animal  
    i. greater than 500 metres
0
    ii. 100 to 500 metres
1
    iii. 50 to 99 metres
2
    iv. less than 50 metres
3
B. Duration of Observation  
    i. less than 1 second
0
    ii. 1 to 5 seconds
1
    iii. 5.1 to 10 seconds
2
    iv. more than 10 seconds
3
C. Visibility  
    i. poor visibility due to weather (rain, fog, snow, dark); obscured (dense undergrowth, landscape feature)
0
    ii. good visibility (line of vision not interrupted or obscured)
2
D. Number of Observers  
    i. one
0
    ii. more than one
2

3. DESCRIPTION OF ANIMAL POINTS: 25
A. General Body Colour  
    i. no description; black
0
    ii. dark brown
3
    iii. sandy yellow; grey; light brown
5
B. Height from Shoulder  
    i. no description; less than 300 mms; greater than 750 mms
0
    ii. large dog; 600 to 750 mms
3
    iii. medium dog; 300 to 600 mms
5
C. Body Markings  
    i. no description; spots
0
    ii. dark vertical stripes on torso
5
D. Distribution of Stripes  
    i. no description
0
    ii. stripes extended from behind shoulders to base of tail and from backbone nearly to belly
2
E. Head  
    i. no description
0
    ii. dog or wolf-like with small erect rounded ears
3
F. Tail  
    i. no description; thin; bushy; long-haired
0
    ii. smooth; tapering; pole-like; very thick at butt
5

4. CORRELATION WITH OTHER SIGHTINGS SINCE 1934 POINTS: 5
A. Geographic Correlation  
    i. no reports recorded within radius of 40 km
0
    ii. reports recorded within radius of 10 - 40 km
1
    iii. reports recorded within radius of 0 - 10 km
2
A. Time Correlation
(if other sightings recorded within radius of 40 km)
 
    i. no reports recorded within 30 years
0
    ii. reports recorded in the previous 5 - 10 yers
2
    iii. reports recorded in the previous 5 years
3

TOTAL SCORE RATINGS
38 - 50 very good
25 - 37 good
15 - 24 fair
0 - 14 questionable

RATINGS FOR SIGHTINGS WITHIN THIS REPORT

Sighting Identification Points Rating
3* 50 very good
4* 50 very good
1* 49 very good
2* 49 very good
8 43 very good
5 38 very good
6 38 very good
7 37 good
9* 28 good
10* 28 good

* denotes double sighting

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