This video says about itself:
Here is a combination of all the footage of the Tasmanian Tiger, now believed to be extinct.
From Wildlife Extra:
Humans alone responsible for extinction of Tasmanian Tiger
February 2013. Humans alone were responsible for the demise of Australia’s iconic extinct native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger or thylacine, according to a new study led by the University of Adelaide.
Using a new population modelling approach, the study contradicts the widespread belief that disease must have been a factor in the thylacine’s extinction.
Government sponsored hunting
The thylacine was a unique marsupial carnivore found throughout most of Tasmania before European settlement in 1803. Between 1886 and 1909, the Tasmanian government encouraged people to hunt thylacines and paid bounties on over 2000 thylacine carcasses. Only a handful of animals were located after the bounty was lifted and the last known thylacine was captured from the wild in 1933.
“Many people, however, believe that bounty hunting alone could not have driven the thylacine extinct and therefore claim that an unknown disease epidemic must have been responsible,” says the project leader, Research Associate Dr Thomas Prowse, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Environment Institute.
“We tested this claim by developing a ‘metamodel’ – a network of linked species models – that evaluated whether the combined impacts of Europeans could have exterminated the thylacine, without any disease.”
The mathematical models used by conservation biologists to simulate the fate of threatened species under different management strategies (called population viability analysis or PVA) traditionally neglect important interactions between species. The researchers designed a new approach to PVA that included species interactions.
“The new model simulated the directs effects of bounty hunting and habitat loss and, importantly, also considered the indirect effects of a reduction in the thylacine’s prey (kangaroos and wallabies) due to human harvesting and competition from millions of introduced sheep,” Dr Prowse says.
Disease not a factor
“We found we could simulate the thylacine extinction, including the observed rapid population crash after 1905, without the need to invoke a mystery disease. We showed that the negative impacts of European settlement were powerful enough that, even without any disease epidemic, the species couldn’t escape extinction.”
The study ‘No need for disease: testing extinction hypotheses for the thylacine using multi-species metamodels‘, which also involved Professors Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, Professor Chris Johnson from the University of Tasmania, and Dr Bob Lacy, Chicago Zoological Society, has been published online in the Journal of Animal Ecology.
Is the Tasmanian tiger really extinct? Here.
Extinct Tasmanian tiger now back in 3D. Using 3D scanning, researchers are peeking under the preserved skin of Tasmanian tiger specimens to reconstruct its growth and development. By Dr Nerissa Hannink, University of Melbourne.
- Humans Alone Wiped Out Tasmanian Tiger, Study Says (scientificamerican.com)
- Disease not a factor in Tasmanian Tiger extinction (sciencedaily.com)
- Tiger’s demise caused by humans (sciencealert.com.au)
- Twasn’t illness what killed off the Tasmanian Tiger. T’was man! (scienceblog.com)
- Extinct or elusive? Fresh bid to find Tasmania tiger (abc.net.au)
- Skeptoid #386: Tracking the Tasmanian Tiger (skeptoid.com)
- Seeking the Thylacine (mysteriousuniverse.org)
- Another tiger hunt starts in Tasmania (abc.net.au)