Tasmanian tiger trapper's hut on display|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|09/11/06 at 12:12:01|richard_f|xx|0||Tasmanian tiger trapper's hut on display

Sunday, 10 September 2006

An old trapper's hut where the last tasmanian tiger caught in the wild was captured has been rediscovered.

The hut is open to the public at a threatened species field day in the upper Florentine Forest near Maydena in remote southern Tasmania.

The trapper's hut was built in the early 1920s by Elias Churchill.

Mr Churchill caught the last wild tasmanian tiger in 1933 and took it Beaumeuris Zoo in Hobart.

The hut was rediscovered a month ago and now tiger historian Col Bailey wants to restore it.

He has applied for National Trust funding and is pushing for a 50-metre logging exclusion zone around the area to be increased.

Hundreds of people are visiting the hut today and wildlife experts are giving talks on the tiger, wedgetail eagle and tasmanian devil.