Yowie captured by 'spooks' and tracked through bush: expert
INTELLIGENCE agents are tracking a yowie through the bush in the Gold Coast hinterland according to one of Australia's leading researchers into the mysterious creatures.
Dean Harrison, who runs the Australian Yowie Research website and claims to have nearly been killed twice by yowies, made the stunning admission to the QT.
He also said many missing people in the bush are likely to have been abducted by yowies and reported how one giant yowie had been shot in the leg, but escaped.
Harrison's revelations about a yowie with a transmitter embedded between its shoulder blades is a bombshell.
"I was in contact with some people at the army base at Canungra in 1998," Harrison recalled.
"Security was doing the checks at the barracks and they went to the mess hall where the door was unlocked and open.
"They heard some clanking around of pots and pans, and they opened the door and went in the kitchen and there was a yowie inside going through stuff.
"They closed the door, locked it and called in the spooks. After that they put a tracking device the size of a 50 cent piece between the yowie's shoulder blades at the back.
"They let it out into the forest and have been tracking it ever since. This comes from officials."
Australia's national security service poured cold water on Harrison's claims.
A spokesperson from ASIO told the QT that "ASIO is not currently monitoring any yowies."
Harrison had other startling revelations about yowies, including one that suffered a war wound.
"I know people from Taree who have shot at yowies," he said.
"They walked in an abandoned train tunnel and down the end they saw what they thought was a bat hanging from the roof, because its eyes were glowing.
"As they got closer to the dead end of this tunnel they realised 'holy heck. That is no bat'.
"It was a yowie standing there and it was so tall its head was up near the roof.
"It had no way out so it just ran straight for them and as it passed this guy had a 22 and shot it in the leg.
"As it was running away it slapped its leg like it had been stung."
Harrison also recounted a tale of how the body of a yowie was confiscated by unknown federal officers from a creek near Evans Head.
"A young Aboriginal lad found it in 2000.
"I have spoken to the witnesses and they said that some unknown federal group came up from Sydney and transferred the body.
"Not a word was said since. They phoned the police station and asked what happened and they said they knew nothing."
Harrison said Aboriginals had stories about being abducted by yowies.
"I have absolutely no doubt yowies are responsible for many missing people in the bush," he said.
"That is based on my own experience and I guess common sense as well. Twice I have nearly been dead and only by luck I have got out of it."
The QT asked Police Media whether any yowies had been investigated for abducting humans.
"No," was the answer provided by a spokesman, while having a good chuckle at the same time.
Bob Bruce of the Queensland Skeptics said researchers were yet to provide evidence that yowies exist and said Harrison's claims were far from conclusive.
"The bottom line is that we have got to see the evidence," he said.
"It is all very nice to assert things like that, but it doesn't help unless there is some factual evidence that would lead you to a conclusion.
"There is always a test of common sense and rationality and when you are talking about yowies there would have to be a breeding colony of these people and plenty of evidence that they do exist."
Bruce said yowies were "mostly in public imagination and mythology".
"It is just like the Indian rope trick.
"Everybody claims that it exists but nobody has seen it.
"It is a story that has perpetuated itself over the ages…but it needs evidence to support it.
"Just because something is in the popular culture doesn't mean it is true.
"All we need is some pictures or some real life examples of yowies."