Yowie / Bigfoot
Ipswich: Yowie 'Hotspot'
'I was nearly killed by a Yowie... twice!'
By Joel Gould
The Queensland Times (Qld)
Date: 13 December, 2015
MOVE over Mulgowie Yowie. You are not alone.
For the first time the QT can report on yowie sightings at Rosewood, Redbank and Yamanto as Ipswich strengthens its standing as a "yowie hotspot" amongst researchers.
The famous yowie at Mulgowie may have the highest profile in the region but other mysterious hairy beastlike creatures of the bush are not going to be denied.
Carlos Cabernet, a former resident of Flinders View, told the QT of the yowie that he saw and often heard on the Yamanto and Flinders View side of Deebing Creek while growing up in the region.
"There was one particular time when I was 13 and camping near the creek bed and heard him in the early morning within metres of us," he said.
"We jumped out of the tent and he was across the creek just looking at us with his beady eyes.
"He was crouching down, very big...just a hairy fur ball mass. If he'd stood up he would easily have been eight feet.
"He was so hairy that you couldn't determine too many facial features, but you won't forget those eyes once you've seen them.
"I saw him another time when he darted behind trees at dusk.
"He was always around, especially in the warmer months.
"Quite often you'd hear him in the distance yelling out and going off. It was a screeching kind of yelp. No animal makes that noise.
"We'd hear him for 13 years but towards the end of 1992 he was never heard of again."
Cabernet said the yowie resembled a large apelike creature in appearance
Researcher Ray Doherty has a blog called the Australian Yowie Project and has been fascinated by yowies for 20 years.
Doherty said he'd had numerous subsequent encounters with yowies in the Sunshine Coast hinterland region but it was an experience near Rosewood, on the Mt Walker West Rd, that pricked his initial interest.
"The very first experience I had with what I believed to be a yowie was in June, 1995 right near Rosewood on Mt Walker West Rd," Doherty said.
"I used to be an amateur astronomer in the 1980s and 1990s and we used to go out through places like Rosewood and the foothills of Mt Barney where there is some of the best viewing in winter.
WE LOVE IPSWICH: Yowies have made the Ipswich region their home. That is the word from researchers based on the plethora of reported eyewitness accounts. Illustrations by Bill Rasmussen
"We'd pulled off to the side of the road, got our telescopes out and sat them on the top of the car to have a look.
"It was around 1am and the wind had picked up and there was this really foul stench.
"We thought that maybe there was a dead cow nearby.
"Minutes later we heard close by an ungodly sound, a cross between a shriek and a scream.
"There were four of us and we looked at each other and said, 'this can't be'.
"The stench smelled like it was getting closer. We had some high powered spotlights and shone them in the nearby field where we saw the red eyes of the cattle, but then we spotted what looked like big yellow eyes.
"We looked through binoculars and the eyes would change colour as the head moved.
"Then we saw it stand up. You could make out the fuzzy shape of it and all of a sudden it rose up to stand seven or eight feet and started slowly moving towards us.
"Then we took off, headed into Rosewood and discussed it.
"We went back half an hour later and found no evidence of anything except a fence was pushed down in the same area."
Doherty, who also spoke of an experience with a gorilla-like creature at Coochin Creek in 2012, has a most recent article on his blog about scientific analysis of an alleged yowie hair follicle which determined it belonged to a creature "right on the border of humans and apes".
The QT sighted a top secret file on a yowie sighting in Redbank just a few months ago.
A yowie researcher investigated the incident but has yet to release his full report publicly.
But we have sighted an excerpt from the report which states that "today I spoke with a woman who claimed to have seen a yowie in bushland in the Redbank area".
"Her sighting occurred close to residential housing in broad daylight and lasted about 12 minutes during which she watched a large hairy bipedal creature through binoculars."
The researcher was in town to follow up the possibility that the yowie was in fact the Mulgowie Yowie, after the QT had reported earlier that another researcher had claimed it had "moved to Redbank Plains".
This lines up with a possible sighting recorded in 1986 and first reported in 2001 by Dean Harrison's Australia Yowie Research website.
If that was true, the yowie is unlikely to be the same creature said to roam Mulgowie.
"Every few years someone comes up with a report from the Redbank Plains area, but God knows why," Harrison said.
"The Ipswich area seems to be a yowie hotspot. There are so many out there, but to say it is just the one yowie is ridiculous."
Doherty said when the existence of yowies is proven once and for all it would "open up a whole new range of academic and scientific study".
"But more importantly we can then get their habitat protected. If we can prove that these things are real with hard science it will be one of the greatest discoveries in Australia's scientific history."
A forensic specialist, a Professor, here in Australia studied one of our samples over the last two years and concluded that whilst
the outward appearance seems to suggest an exceptional closeness to human hair it is unlikely to be human... The conclusion thus far
(excluding DNA testing) is that on this examination that at very least they are primate, but not necessarily ape or human but possibly
something bordering exceptionally close to both.
So who is this mysterious professor and where can this claim be scrutinized?
The QT sighted a top secret file on a yowie sighting in Redbank just a few months ago.
A yowie researcher investigated the incident
but has yet to release his full report publicly.
Hey - that's be me! Unfortunately, the witness does not want the claim published
so there will be no public release. Investigations are ongoing...
Doherty colloquially refers to his Coochin Creek site as "Yowie Island".
Yowieocalypse is investigating...
Meet the man who claims he’s been almost killed by a yowie — twice
By Lauren McMah
Date: 17 December, 2015
YOU have probably never seen a yowie. You might not have even heard of them.
But one man has not only dedicated
his life to hunting down the mythological beast, he says he’s been almost killed by one — twice.
Dean Harrison has described his too-close encounters with the mysterious apelike creature, which is comparable to the North American
Sasquatch or the Himalayan yeti.
He says he was nearly killed by a yowie on two occasions, first in Ormeau
in the Gold Coast hinterland and again in Kilkivan near Gympie.
“That was a game changer. I can’t go back
into the bush by myself. I just got hit with a big dose of reality,” he toldQT.
“I nearly got taken down by
one at Ormeau in 1997 and that was really scary. It was only by the grace of God that I survived.
a phone call at 11pm in a clearing before going into the bush and if I hadn’t I wouldn’t be here today. This thing really meant business.
“But the crunchier was in 2009 at Kilkivan and if a few guys weren’t there to rescue me I wouldn’t be here. That took a good eight
months to get over.
“The scary thing is that yowies have a massive advantage over us because of their eyesight
in the dark. The thing that knocked me over ran down a hill in pitch darkness past obstacles, tree, and logs. The angles were so steep
but it sprinted down.
“It didn’t miss a beat. The one that chased me at Ormeau was the same.”
The yowie is Australia’s very own Bigfoot. They are reputed to live in the wilderness and witnesses claim to have seen them in all
states and territories on the Australian mainland.
Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is right now considered a yowie
hotspot among researchers.
Yowies go by a few names in various regions — puttikan, yahoo and tjangara among
them — and tales of their existence have long featured in Aboriginal stories and oral histories.
so-called interaction between a yowie and a white man
was thought to be in 1882, involving amateur naturalist Henry James McCooey
somewhere between Ulladulla and Bateman’s Bay on the NSW coast.
But you’re more likely to encounter a yowie
in the form of the chocolate bar that shares its name.
Yowies, like the Abominable Snowman, are overwhelmingly
considered the stuff of legend, perhaps even an endearing part of Australian folklore. Alleged sightings have been deemed misidentification
or pure hoax.
But a significant community of believers, such as Mr Harrison, are adamant these two-metre-tall
creatures do exist, and are roaming freely in the Australian bush.
He told the QT he believed the yowie could
be a Homo erectus, which is thought to be an extinct species of hominid.
“They are said to be extinct but
there are so many sightings, almost daily, that can’t be ignored,” Mr Harrison said.
“It has been happening
ever since white settlers arrived here. We are told by the Aboriginal people about the hairy man in the bush and we thought it was
a ploy to scare us away.
“But as we were building roads and towns in virgin forests we were seeing them all
around the country at the same time.
“They were reporting back to London that we had our own indigenous primate.
“I think their genes are very strong and that they might have a life expectancy pretty close to ours. Maybe not as long as ours, because
if something goes severely wrong they can’t go to the doctor.”
That’s not all. Mr Harrison, who has been researching
yowies for 20 years, also says many people who go missing in the bush were likely abducted by the creatures. He has even claimed he
once saw a yowie get tagged with a tracking device by intelligence agents at a rural Queensland army base in the 1990s.
However, ASIO has confirmed it is “not currently monitoring any yowies”.
But not only are they out there, they might also be
able to speak English and Latin, another witness, Tony Duffy, claims.
He said he encountered a yowie one night
in the bush near Gympie.
“I got a fright and so did he,” he told the Gympie Times.
“He was quickly able to learn a few words in English and we spoke for about two hours. They’re very intelligent.”
He said the yowie returned the next night “with his wife and daughter”.
Mr Duffy believes yowies are endangered
creatures whose basic shelters in forests are often destroyed by humans.
“My whole mission is to protect them
and to convince people to leave them alone and not hurt them,” he said.
“In the last 12 months I have had
close contact with yowies on at least seven occasions.
“These creatures must be protected and respected. Yowies
are clearly ‘the missing link’ that scientists have looked for decades. I believe they are the greatest discovery in the history of
Yowie researcher Dean Harrison has had more than one close encounter with the mysterious creature.
Scratching on a tree claimed to be by a yowie in Darwin.
Source:News Corp Australia
A statue depicting a yowie in Kilcoy, Queensland.
Picture: Glenn Barnes
Source:News Corp Australia
Former Queensland senator Bill O’Chee has also claimed to have seen a “hairy, apelike thing that probably would have stood about eight
feet (2.4m) tall” at a campsite at the Gold Coast hinterland in the 1970s.
Just as there are countless reports
by sceptics on the internet that scoff at the suggestion of yowies, there are earnest claims to the contrary.
And not just in Queensland — Mr Harrison’s website has videos of eyewitness testimonies of sightings in places such as Brooklyn, Grafton
and Kempsey in NSW, Kalamunda in Western Australia and Bendigo and Beauchamp Falls in Victoria.
these accounts, evidence for yowies has included unusual nocturnal noises, scratchings on tree bark and casts of footprints.
These have each been dismissed by sceptics — noises can belong to other creatures, scratching can be caused by lightning strikes,
footprints can be faked.
So there remains no irrefutable proof that yowies exist. But pulses did race in 2013
when Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes claimed he had used DNA testing of hair samples to solve the mystery of the
. The results were subsequently challenged
But Professor Bill Laurance from James Cook University says
we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the dedicated work of cryptobiologists, such as Dean Harrison, as they hunt down these elusive
“While it’s tempting to giggle occasionally, cryptobiologists have made many valuable discoveries,”
he said in 2013, pointing to Lazarus species such as the Mindoro fruit bat, the Laotian rock rat and Australia’s mountain pygmy possum
and Wollemi pine.
“All of us — even including soberminded scientists — enjoy a mystery and the search for
the unknown,” he continued.
“And it’s not as though nature has come even close to revealing all its secrets.
It’s currently thought, for instance, that less than half of the plant species in the Amazon have been scientifically discovered,
and possibly just a tenth of the planet’s insect species.
“All this means we should probably keep an open
mind about the world’s biological mysteries.”
OTHER MYSTERIOUS CREATURES
For decades mountaineers have reported
seeing an ape-life creature roam the snowy Himalayas. Also known as the abominable snowman, the mythical yeti has its roots in the
Sherpa lore and has been prominently depicted in popular culture as a tall, hirsute humanoid with sabre-like teeth. Questions over
whether the yeti truly existed returned scientific discussion in 2013 when famed UK geneticist Bryan Sykes claimed he’d matched hair
from an “unidentified animal” to samples from an ancient Norwegian polar bear. It was later found the hair belonged to a species of
Loch Ness monster, Scotland
This legendary aquatic creature supposedly lurks in the vast waters of Loch Ness in the Scottish
Highlands. The desperate search for Nessie has sparked numerous expeditions and sonar studies, and photographs purporting to be of
the monster have long captured the public’s imagination. A popular theory suggests the monster is a prehistoric marine reptile. People
have claimed to have spotted Nessie for decades, but this year sightings are reported to be at a 13-year high
bunyip, a terrifying creature with a bloodcurdling cry that supposedly inhabits inland swamps and billabongs, is firmly regarded as
a fictional monster derived from ancient stories. But there have been numerous claims of sightings of the creature, dating back to
the early days of European colonisation. Stories of the bunyip have been used to by parents to deter kids from roaming in the bush
or falling into waterholes. Former prime minister Paul Keating also famously used the insult “bunyip barons” to describe the Opposition.
Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, is one of the most iconic subjects of zoocryptology — the study of creatures that are rumoured
to exist. Sasquatch is reputed to live in forests around the Pacific Northwest region of North America, in the US and Canada. Its
legend was immortalised in an infamous 1967 short film that depicts a hairy, unidentified creature — many believe it was proof of
the creature, while many others said it is a hoax carried out by a man in an ape suit.
Jason Heal and Jason Dunn are also yowie researchers.
Picture: Jamie Hanson
Source:News Corp Australia
Japanese researched released this photograph in 2008 that compares a human footprint (right) with what was alleged to be the footprint of a yeti. Picture: AFP/HO/yeti Project Japan
Henry James McCooey
William George "Bill" O'Chee (born 19 June 1965) is an Australian politician. He was a National Party member of the Australian Senate from 1990 to 1999, representing the state of Queensland.
Heal & Dunn's
Yowie claw print
Yowie claw print
Harrison inspired Heal & Dunn:
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