An Australian magazine has offered a $983,000 reward to anyone who can produce proof of the Tasmanian tiger — a dog-like, striped creature long believed to be extinct. Check out the slide show!
The bounty could help solve “one of Australia’s most enduring mysteries,” Garry Linnell, editor of The Bulletin said Tuesday.
The last known Tasmanian tiger — also known as Tasmanian wolf, or thylacine — died in captivity in 1936, after having been hunted to the verge of extinction by European settlers. Although it was once found across Australia, the animal’s last stand was in the southern island state of Tasmania.
To cash in, Linnell said tiger hunters must produce evidence of a live and uninjured animal. A panel of experts and conclusive DNA testing will then be conducted.
State Environment Minister Judy Jackson warned that although the animal is presumed extinct, it remains a protected species under state law. She ruled out issuing trapping permits for bounty hunters.
“We will not endorse programs that lack benefit and, indeed, pose threats to other species,” Jackson said in statement. “It’s not lost on Tasmanians that their history has already borne the dramatic effects of a tiger bounty.”