In 1888 the Tasmanian Parliament put a price of £1 on the head of the thylacine. They thought the native marsupial was a major threat to the sheep industry. By 1909, 2,184 bounties had been paid, and the species faced extinction. Records show that trapper W. Sawford of Parattah collected for nine. He was one of the last 'tiger men'. And he was the grandson of convict John Sawford, transported to Van Diemen's Land for poaching.