In the winter of 1883, while on his farm, William Poke captured a Tasmanian tiger. The animal was caught in an ordinary snare and measured 5ft 7in (172 cm) from head to tail. No attempt was made to secure this comparatively rare animal, but the idea unfortunately only occurred to William Poke after the animal was destroyed. 
Years before, Tasmanian tigers (thylacine) were frequently seen in the Duck River (Smithton) area, but by the time William Poke ensnared the animal, sighting of the animal had become a rarity.
Bounty schemes had been introduced to control the numbers with the VDL Company introducing bounties from as early as 1830. Between 1888 and 1909 the Tasmanian Government paid one pound per head and ten shillings for pups. In all, the Government paid out 2,184 bounties, but it is thought that many more Tasmanian tigers were killed than were claimed for. The last know tiger to be killed in the wild was in 1930 by a farmer in the northeast of the State.
Yesterday, ABC News published an article stating that a rare footage of a tiger had been unearthed at the National Film and Sound Archives (NFSA). This footage shows a male tiger in its enclosure in Hobart’s Beaumaris Zoo, and is said to be the last footage of the animal. You can read all about it at following link.
Skeptics abound, with many commentators asserting that the footage was not rediscovered; rather it is a newly released remastered version. That is, despite the article saying that the footage had not been publicly viewed for 85 years.
Any thoughts? And have any of your ancestors encountered a thylacine?