Doug and Lucy Ohrt live on a ranch in Victoria County and say Sunday evening they came face to face with a strange looking animal.
"My grandson ran and got the gun and shot it at 240 yards and my grandkids said, 'oh, that's a chupacabra'," Lucy says.
The name chupacabra means goat sucker and with the number of farms and ranches in south Texas, it's no surprise that a creature said to suck the blood of livestock has an infamous reputation.
"I've heard people say they've gotten young calves, but they have never gotten any of ours," Lucy says.
Lucy says its features, like long legs and big teeth, raise big questions about whether or not it's a coyote. "It's usually got long hair on it and this one doesn't and that's what makes it different from a regular coyote," she says.
But, not everyone's convinced that what Lucy and her husband have is a chupacabra.
"I've seen squirrels, raccoons, and coyotes in this area with the same features," says josh Turner, who is a wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He says he gets quite a few calls from people saying they've seen a chupacabra, but he says...as far as he knows, they don't exist.
"They're a mythical creature, um, that most people see. But, what it really is is sarcapotic mange, which is caused by a mite that bites the animal and it can be on any mammal - dogs, cats, coyotes, foxes - and humans can get another version of it as well," Turner says.
Turner adds, if you do see an animal with mange, it's best to keep your distance, since it's contagious. "If you do shoot it or something, wear gloves if you want to move it because that mite can get on your pet," he says.
Lucy says she plans to keep anything that looks like this away from her pets. "I'm scared they're gonna get my dogs," she says.
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