The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has dashed the hopes of a Tasmanian Tiger hunter who believes he captured the first image of the iconic species in decades.
A TMAG spokesperson said Honorary Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Nick Mooney had reviewed the evidence submitted by well-known tiger hunter Neil Waters.
The spokesperson said Mr Mooney determined that it was unlikely the animals were thylacines and were most likely Tasmanian pademelons.
"TMAG regularly receives requests for verification from members of the public who hope that the thylacine is still with us. However, sadly, there have been no confirmed sightings documented of the thylacine since 1936," the spokesperson said.
Earlier today Mr Waters sent social media ablaze after posting a video claiming to have captured evidence of Tasmanian Tigers in North-East Tasmania.
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"So the last ten days I have probably been acting a bit weird to everybody in the group and online," he said in the video.
"That's because when I was checking SD cards I found some photos that were pretty damn good. I know what they are and so do a few independent witnesses - expert canine judges, feline judges and a vet.
"I can tell you there is three animals. We - myself and the committee of [the Thylacine Awareness Group] - believe that the first image is the mum, we know the second image is the baby because it is so tiny and the third image is the dad."
Mr Waters was hopeful that TMAG would certify the pictures and they could then work on reclassifying the animal.
No proof of the Tasmanian Tiger has been captured since the recording of the last captive tiger in 1936.