Humans wiped out tasmanian tiger

Humans alone were responsible for the Tasmanian tiger’s extinction in the 20th century, according to a report from LiveScience.com.

According to the report, a new study shoots down claims that disease also doomed the meat-eating marsupial.

More officially known as thylacines, Tasmanian tigers (Thylacinus cynocephalus) looked somewhat like striped coyotes and were found throughout most of the Australian island of Tasmania before Europeans settled there in 1803.

Starting at the end of the 19th century, the Tasmanian government paid bounties for thylacine carcasses, as the animals were believed to prey on farmers’ sheep and poultry.

Humans eventually hunted thylacines to extinction in the early 1900s; the last known individual died in a Tasmanian zoo in 1936.

Read more: LiveScience.com

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