Monday, February 28, 2005

27 Feb 2005

The man's brother was in Hobart last week and showed the digital images to staff at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

He also showed them to Parks and Wildlife Service officers.

The shots were taken recently in the Lake St Clair region.

However, the German visitor did not leave any images for further study. He has since left for Melbourne.

Last night TMAG marketing manager Peter West said the museum was unable to comment about the veracity of the images.

"All I can say is that the German was here last week," Mr West said.

"He was the brother of a visitor who took the photographs. There were images of a tiger in several of them.

"But the museum is not in a position to confirm whether they really are of a tiger.

"All I can say is that the photographs were brought to us. We don't have them and cannot comment about them."

The Tasmanian tiger is generally believed to be extinct.

The last tiger in the Hobart Zoo died in 1936.

Since then, there have been many reported sightings, but none has been verified.

Recently, a major project to clone a tiger at the Australian Museum in Sydney was axed because the DNA sample to be used was not good enough.