The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.

: 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 23 March 1949, page 4 I
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'STRANGE NOISES" W
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ANIMAL ELUDES

MAKING
SEARCHERS

QUEER

d1eseribed as *a " í strange animal making queer noises" is causing three alarm, particularly among It has been seen at Mountain River. women, tunes on moonlit nights and up to 20 men have scoured the bush with guns in an attempt to track it down.
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after a dog gave two shares animal ran toher house and outside a I. tent with Mr. M. Townsend, barks door! first saw the back wards the animal about five feet 1*e said she opened Mrs. Bennett he was, as he put it, "scared away growroaring, stiff." and heard "a window Mr. Oates got such a fright thatling sound." with * husband went outside he and Mr. Townsend traci spent the Her not night at Mr. Lovell's house and have gun and light but found resided there ever of'the nocturnal intruder. since. Mr. Oates claims that the animal "which had a big head and a broad white chest" swung round and made off at" a "slow gallop" across a. hay

short

^/"HEN

Mr.

J.

Oates,

who

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paddock; Häirs on

á barbed wire fence where the animal a 'creekr jumped have it some caused residents .to claim a large wild dog, but the theory was is discounted by Mr. Lovell.

Mr. Lovell placed cooked and raw rabbit baits' the next day. The raw meat was taken but the baked rabbit, usually preferred by dogs, was
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left.

Further support for the theory that the "phantom" was not a dog is that hounds and other dogs in the neighbourhood have fled when they have sighted it.
.on

the animal his home one night his dog refused to attack it.
saw

When

Mr.

Lovell
near

the

road

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Lovell, who is one of about 20 from Crabtree who searched the bush for several nights until 2 a.m., said he had heard the animal in the scrub.
men

Mr.

"It'-,

makes

a

terrific Lovell. "The

gvowM, anima
nigh:

noise," said Mr. has the whole Lovell

district

scared."
first

Mrs.

said

the

it made she heard the animal resembling the low-throated

sound!
neigh-

ing of
Mrs.

a

horse. also heard gave two
the short

E. Bennett

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