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It never rains but it pours - in this case, improbable events.

Hot on the heels of last week's wild weather in southeast Queensland comes a hunter of mythological beasts - Tim the Yowie Man.

Tim - who uses no surname and can be almost as elusive as his quarry - says there is a direct correlation between significant rain events and sightings of the yowie.

"The soaked soil and muddy bogs created by the heavy rain are more conducive to animals, including yowies, leaving their footprints,'' Tim said.

He said last week's rain could make "a large hairy bipedal hominoid creature'' uncomfortable and force it from deep jungle canyons into the open.

So Tim has rushed from that other capital of strange mysteries - Canberra - to Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland, a village he describes as the yowie capital of Australia for its many sightings.

So far he's seen nothing - but that hasn't put him off.

"I'm quietly confident of finding some sort of evidence such as hair or footprints of the mystery beast,'' he said.

"If I'm really lucky I may even get to see one.''

Dean Harrison of Australian Yowie Research says he has just returned from Springbrook, bearing photographs of footprints he believes are of a female yowie and her young trailing along behind.

"They seem to be quite passive around that area compared to other areas that we've been to,'' Mr Harrison said.

He said tales of yowies near Springbrook date back to before European settlement.

Mr Harrison said on his latest expedition he was rugby-tackled by a yowie at 3am near Gympie.

"This one knocked me flying backwards. I landed in a rockpool,'' he said.

Australian Yowie Research has been nominated for a Bent Spoon Award on the website of Australian Skeptics, a group that investigates paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

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Powderfinger Photos: Australian Yowie Hunter Attacked 3 Jan 16 2010, 3:16 PM EST by Powderfinger
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Most likely - this is a hoax.

The bruises - only on Harrison's thighs - don't match his description of events. One bruise (above) appears to be from an abrasion while the other appears he was struck with an object with a clearly deined edge. No bruises on torso despite his claim that he was struck in the chest and knocked back 12 feet. Not even winded.

No-one saw anything - not even Harrison. Only white eye shine (Yowies are described as having bright red eye shine). Some animals were around but didn't appear to be hostile.

Harrison's account is full of holes and inconsistencies - a powerful smell not noticed by anyone else (even at close range), claims his team pursued the eye shine refuted by his team who watched it for a minute before returning back to camp, "found" and cast a human footprint and presented it as evidence. Harrison and his team being intoxicated while in the field doesn't add to his credibility either.

False information must be challanged. Go to the AYR site and read the original accounts for yourselves. Biscardi would be proud...
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