Was that a Chupacabra?
This is the question residents of the Picayune community in Mississippi were asking about a hairless, wolf-like creature lurking around.
“If a zombie had a dog, it would look like that,” Jennifer Whitfield told WLOX-TV.
“I kept looking up hairless coyote, and it kept saying Chupacabra,” Amanda Denton told WLOX. “We have been running back and forth to the car, our cars, because we didn’t want the Chupacabra to get us,” Denton said. Her husband, Jonathan, said that animal control had not picked it up, and they had no idea what kind of beast it was.
But the Denton’s neighbors, the Cooper's, think they know. “We came out here and I could see it running over there and I was like ‘Look, it’s over there, Daddy’ and he was like ‘That is not a Coyote, that’s a squatch dog.’ Because he’s obsessed with watching, finding Bigfoot,” Caroline Cooper said.
That’s when the Cooper's called David Burnette and Caleb Miller, from the state’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, for, they said, “backup.”
“Way they described it to me, it’s a coyote,” Burnette told WLOX. He added that the coyote was too weak to hunt on its own, so it ate pet food, garbage, and drank from a local water source to survive.
According to WLOX, the legend of "El Chupacabra" dates back to the 1970s. The term literally translates to "goat-sucker," because the creature is believed to have sucked the blood of goats.
“They need to be aware just to leave it alone and stay away from ‘em,” Miller said.