In 1982 Hans Naarding, an experienced field ranger with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Department, was in northwest Tasmania, conducting a survey of the Latham's snipe, an endangered migratory bird. He'd been sleeping in his vehicle when he awoke to heavy rain.
It was two in the morning. Out of habit, Naarding scanned the bush with his spotlight. "As I swept the beam around, it came to rest on a large thylacine, standing side-on some six to seven metres distant." The ranger's camera was out of reach -- skeptics might say it always is -- but anyway, he didn't want to disturb the animal. His decision allowed him to make detailed observations. "It was an adult male in excellent condition with twelve black stripes on a sandy coat. Eye reflection was pale yellow. It moved only once, opening its jaw and showing its teeth."
Having watched it for several minutes, Naarding took his chance and reached for his camera. As he did so, the animal moved off into the undergrowth, leaving a strong scent in its wake. Because of his professional position, Naarding's sighting was taken seriously. It was also kept quiet while an intensive, two-year search was made over 250 square kilometres. Nothing was found.