there have been encounters with the Australian Yowie from white man since white man first came to Australia. Aboriginal Communities are said to have named the Yowie prior to Philips and Cooks landing. It is believed that White man's contact with the Yowie has been known since December, 9, 1882 by Amature Natuaralist Henry James McCooey he writes
"A few years ago I saw one of these strange creatures in an unfrequented locality on the coast between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. My attention was attracted to it by the cries of a number of these small birds which are pursuing and darting at it. When I first beheld the animal it was standing on its hind legs, partly upright, looking at the birds above it in the bushes. Blinking it's eyes and distorting it's visage making a low chattering kind of noise. Being above the animal on a slight elevation and distant from it less then a chain. I had ample opportunity of size and general appearance.
He then goes on to give as much detail as possible the height was roughly 5ft and it was tailless. It was covered in long black hair red or snuff-colour around the throat and breasts.
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Since then there have been multiple of reports but I have realized something very interesting. The Pilliga Scrub is probably the biggest hotspot for Yowie encounters and with continuing growth of encounters in a certain place. There are mining and removal of the bush taking place in the Pilliga Scrub. But the Pilliga Scrub has a growing increase of reports and appear to have the most vicious reports in Australia there is a possibility that it might be because their land is being taken away from them. The Watagans Mountains in Southwest Lake Macquire witness the great effects of the floods in April last year and now the local council has to take all the damaged trees from there and also loggers cutting down all the old growth trees from the Watagans. But on the weekend of May 14th & 15th this year there was an encounter that took place at the Watagans Pines campgrounds 2 campers were out having a boys weekend in the Watagans camping and bush hiking when they started to get the hairs standing up on the back of their neck when they started hearing weird noises. Then that night around 10:30pm as they were getting ready for bed one of the campers was laying down in his tent and the other one was in his tent when they started hearing what sounded like possum so they ignored it then this creature came up to the tents. Then this creature apparently grabbed one of the ropes of the tent he guy was laying down in and dragged the tent half way across the campground. Then the other camper in his tent heard his mate yelling out for help so he grabbed his torch and flashed it on the creature saw it was a Yowie then the creature ran straight down the incline and disappeared. Now interestingly enough people around Lake Macquire used to all go to Mt.Sugarloaf but since the floods they have gone to the Watagans crouding out the Watagans perhaps this act was a territorial act maybe the Yowie has had enough of people taking over their land.