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Mainland Devil Sighting
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to contribute your information in regards to mainland Tasmanian devils.

Tasmanian devils in Tasmania face a bleak future as their numbers have been about halved by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) within the past 10 to 15 years.

Much research is being done, but there is one avenue seemingly neglected - the very real possibility of Tasmanian devils living on the mainland.

They have been sighted as early as 1855 and collected as roadkill as late as 1991. Five specimens reside in the Melbourne Museum collection.

The big question is ... if the mainland devils are also faced with DFTD, are they somehow handling it better? If so - then maybe they can help their Tasmanian ancestors.

DNA work has already shown mainland devils to be genetically identical to their southern counterparts, but an interesting research project in the USA has recently uncovered a cancer-fighting mouse that just won't die. Still a mouse, but beating cancer.

Could there be something in our mainland devils too?

To find out more, read the main article - Devil of a disease.

If you have mainland sighting information for the Tasmanian Devil, please add it to the database below.


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