Quote about Turk Porteous - “As a fourth generation Tasmanian with a lifetime spent in the bush, Turk knows his tigers. He talks of childhood fishing trips when he and his brothers would be followed home by a group of two or three tigers. “They’d stay maybe three chain behind us but we knew they were there,” Turk said using the old imperial bush measure. Their idea was that we were their next meal.”
The old Tasmainian fur trapper, Basil Stears, described similar behaviour of Thylacines following him. See the video below, combining the Turk Porteous interview and the footage of Basil Stears describing his enounter with a Thylacine while fur trapping.
Following is a typed up version of my father’s notes on the Thylacine sightings. I have scanned and posted his notes at the bottom of this blog.
Pat was a bushman, and knew dingos, said they looked a bit like Hyenas. He saw the Thylacine pictures in the book and there was no doubt they were Thylacines. It was near Karuah Nature Reserve they were seen.”