It's caused some alarm among local environmentalists. One said something like this: if people think extinct animals can be re-created, they won't fuss too much about endangered species.
It's also brought the old stories out of the woodwork. One Tasmanian forest ranger said he didn't believe the tigers were extinct, because he often saw their fresh signs in the wild. (Last known one was killed in 1936!) We "mainlanders" often make local jokes about Tasmanian inbreeding, perhaps they're really not jokes?