SUNDAY TIMES Edition
1 SUN 29 AUG 1999, Page 327
HUNTERS using electric
darts are planning to search for Australia's mythical creature, the yowie,
after recent sightings in Queensland. American backers are trying to use
an expedition to promote their stun gun which uses darts to shock its
victims. The mythical ape-like beast is closely related to America's legendary
Big Foot and is believed by some to live along the Great Dividing Range.
Gold Coast yowie hunter Dean Harrison said the most recent sighting was
in Springbrook where the beast was blamed for some horse deaths. Mr Harrison
said he came face to face with a yowie near Beenleigh in 1997. ``It roared
like a bear and a lion in one,'' he said. ``It had a vocal capacity no
human could match.'' Yowie hunters have set up a Web site and say the
number of sightings
is proof it exists.
Mr Harrison wants to organise an expedition to a prime yowie site in the
Blue Mountains in September, using night-vision equipment. However, the
Americans have been dealt a blow in their efforts to get the dart gun
into the country. The Australian Customs Service says the weapon is prohibited.
``No jurisdiction in Australia allows such weapons,'' a customs spokesman
American Larry Lund now needs written approval from Justice Minister Senator
Amanda Vanstone to bring in his special gun.
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