This Creature Has Been Extinct For 80 Years, But Sightings Are Starting to Pop Up Everwhere

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1. Tasmanian Tiger

This is a Tasmanian tiger, also known as a thyalcine. Though they used to inhabit Australia’s mainland, they’d disappeared from there around 2,000 years ago and a small population of themlived on the island of Tasmania.

2. Hunted To Extinction

Between 1888 and 1909, the government, which considered them a threat to livestock, paid over 2,000 bounties to hunt them.

The bounty, however, was only one of several factors that contributed to its demise. Habitat loss and fires spread their population. The ensuing competition for food with other predators plus an epidemic disease lead to their extinction.

4. Last Confirmed Sighting

When the last-known Tasmanian tiger died in Hobart Zoo in September of 1936, the species was declared extinct.

5. Lions And Tasmanian Tigers, Oh My

Despite its official extinct status, however, there have been nearly 5,000 (unconfirmed) sightings in the past 80 years.